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Bob Dunning: Don’t claim your victory before it’s fully hatched

By From page A2 | June 05, 2014

PREMATURE EXCLAMATION … given that there are perhaps as many as 3,000 votes from the city of Davis yet to be counted, I’d advise the “Yes on P” folks and the “Swanson for Council” contingent to not count their Foster Farms chickens before they hatch … these are “vote by mail” ballots that didn’t live up to their name and were instead delivered to the polls on Election Day … plus a few provisional ballots and a few damaged ballots …

Rochelle Swanson, the only incumbent in the race, leads John Munn by 213 votes for the second and final spot, a decent margin, but certainly not insurmountable … “Yes on P,” meanwhile, leads its kissing cousin, “No on P” by a mere 264 votes … adding intrigue to that one is that these 3,000 votes were cast — or at least delivered — on the final day of the election, when it appears there was a slight trend toward the “no” side, perhaps based on an erroneous report that the council had “rescinded” the new rates at its most recent meeting …

SPEAKING OF VOTE-BY-MAIL BALLOTS … adding even more intrigue is the fact that up to 7,500 Yolo County ballots have yet to be counted, which could directly affect the 4th District Assembly race, where Dan Wolk trails Charlie Schaupp by 629 votes and Bill Dodd by 628 votes … Wolk creamed the competition in Yolo County, winning by a whopping 4,244 votes over Dodd and 1,946 votes over Schaupp out of a total of 21,814 votes cast …

Figuring that 7,500 is just over one-third of 21,814, if those percentages hold on the outstanding ballots, Wolk would figure to make up more than 1,400 votes on Dodd and 650 or so on Schaupp … which could be enough to put him into first or second place and qualify him for the November general election ballot …

But hold on, Wolk fans … there are five other counties involved here and all of them have outstanding ballots as well … while numbers from those counties are tentative at this point, there may be as many as 10,000 votes yet to be counted in Napa County, where Dodd led Wolk by nearly 5,000 votes … another sizable number are yet to be counted in Solano County, but it is there that Schaupp is the one leading the pack … as Wolk is finding out, it’s hard chasing a tiger with two tails instead of one …

Colusa County, meanwhile, has only a handful of votes outstanding, while Sonoma County and Lake County have yet to report their numbers … nothing is impossible with numbers this large, but at this point in the game, I’d rather be in Dodd’s shoes or Schaupp’s shoes than Dan Wolk’s …

TWO FOR JOE KRO … according to the Krovoza for Assembly schedule released on Election Day is the following itinerary: “7:45 a.m. — Joe and Janet Krovoza drop off their ballots at their polling station, Emerson Jr. High.” … because I have spies in high places, including inside the voting apparatus at Emerson, I can reliably report that both Joe and Janet cast their “vote by mail” ballots for one Joe Krovoza … so now we’re down to 2,998 uncounted votes in town and Dan Wolk still trails Charlie Schaupp by 629 votes and Bill Dodd by 628 votes …

THE MISSING BOOBY … my friend Melissa at ucdavis.edu says I “missed one Booby” in my annual awarding of Boobies and Bobbys for the just-completed election … her nominee: “Those Yolo County residents who voted for Leland Yee.” … yes, indeed, there were 2,370 Yoloans voting for Mr. Lee, including more than 800 residents of the theoretically intelligent city of Davis … I know my new neighbor Jimmy “Shrimp Boy” Jones, a Bay Area transplant, was one of those who voted for Yee …

The problem here is that the annual “Booby” is a large and intricate trophy that costs big bucks to fabricate and we simply can’t afford to award 800 of them in one category, so we’ll make it a posthumous “group” award …

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