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An Orlando Sentinel analysis of votes that didn’t get counted in the race for Katherine Harris’ old House seat determines that they were not only in a Democrat-friendly country, but in specifically Democrat-friendly precincts:

The group of nearly 18,000 voters that registered no choice in Sarasota’s disputed congressional election solidly backed Democratic candidates in all five of Florida’s statewide races, an Orlando Sentinel analysis of ballot data shows.

Among these voters, even the weakest Democrat — agriculture-commissioner candidate Eric Copeland — outpaced a much-better-known Republican incumbent by 551 votes.

The trend, which continues up the ticket to the race for governor and U.S. Senate, suggests that if votes were truly cast and lost — as Democrat Christine Jennings maintains — they were votes that likely cost her the congressional election.

This is, shall we say, suspect. Whether or not you’re looking at any deliberate foul play here, the odds that these 18,000 people simply chose not to vote in a House race but did vote in all these races has to be judged extremely small. A screwed-up vote-counting process — however exactly it got screwed up — cost the Democrats the race.

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