Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Don't Wait Up For California Results

Posted by Greg Hambrick on Tue, Feb 5, 2008 at 10:36 AM

It could be a very late night.

California's record turnout for a primary election - 7.9 million in 2000 - will be shattered if 8.9 million voters cast ballots today as expected.

"The East Coast is going to tune in the next morning, and we are still going to be counting," said Steve Weir, the clerk-recorder and registrar of voters for Contra Costa County and president of the California Association of Clerks and Election Officials.

While results from more than 2 million early mail-in ballots will be released soon after the polls close at 8 p.m., the returns from the polling places will trickle in throughout the night. Los Angeles County, by far the largest in California, estimates that it will be 4 a.m. Wednesday before all its precinct ballots are counted, Weir said.

My recommendation is to look for a highly unlikely exit poll predication at 11. Then check for any victory/concession speeches regarding other races. If they've got nothing, head on to bed and catch up in the morning.

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