Last week Republican Jim Tedisco conceded the race for the 20th district in New York to Wall Street Democrat Scott Murphy after counting some of the absentee ballots in the special election held March 31st. After the lead changed hands several times over the last three weeks, Murphy was leading by a few hundred votes out of over 155 thousand ballots cast. Tedisco conceded with class compared to the way Democrats handle such matters. If Democrats are behind by a certain percentage they automatically assume they can find that number of votes one way or another. Often times that means finding bags full of ballots in the trunks of cars, or attempting to disqualify absentee votes cast by members of the military. There is nothing sacrosanct to a Democrat seeking power. It is a safe bet that if Murphy had been down by the number of votes that triggered Tedisco’s concession, the 20th district would be swarming with lawyers claiming vote fraud and accusing Tedisco of stealing the election and their fellow Democrats in the press corps would dutifully report whatever the Democrats needed them to say.
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