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Jun 02, 2004

Pelosi on Herseth

“I am thrilled to welcome Congresswoman-elect Stephanie Herseth to the House Democratic Caucus. Stephanie will be an outstanding representative for South Dakota, and will be a wonderful addition to the Caucus.  “Stephanie Herseth’s win tonight sends a clear message to President Bush and Congressional Republicans: Americans are ready for a change.  “For the second straight special election, Democrats have triumphed in a rural and conservative district because voters know Democrats share their values: first and foremost a secure America, …

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Jun 02, 2004

CQ on Herseth

SOUTH DAKOTA: Herseth’s Win Gives Democrats Bragging Rights  South Dakota, typically one of the most Republican-voting states in the country, now has an all-Democratic congressional delegation: Stephanie Herseth, the party’s nominee, narrowly won the state’s lone House seat in Tuesday’s special election and will join Democratic Sens. Tom Daschle and Tim Johnson in Washington. Herseth, who led in the polls throughout the campaign, survived a late campaign surge by Republican state Sen. Larry Diedrich to win by 51 percent …

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Jun 02, 2004

Results as they come

Picking up from below, Keloland numbers: ...94% reporting—51-49 for Herseth votes: 118,461 - 115,762 (Need some reading material?  From Kevin Drum to Wa Po, our CEO President.) 96 % reporting—51-49 for Herseth votes: 124,014 - 121,066 Herseth Wins Special Election Keloland TV June 2, 2004 Democrats have picked up another seat in Congress. With nearly all precincts reporting, Herseth is holding about a two percent lead over Republican Larry Diedrich. That’s how we do, baby.  Thanks folks for staying …

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Jun 02, 2004

SD: Lead Holding

Still 51-49%... we need to catch our plane, but I thought that this photo appropriately catches the mood of the room here… Gotta run!

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Jun 02, 2004

SD: Herseth Crowd Hopping

So, while trying to avoid being stepped on here at Stakeholder HQ, I was able to snap the following shot of the Diedrich HQ on the TV projection… At the same time our party looked like the above, Diedrich HQ looked like this. Please note the lack of people. With the lead holding at 52-48% the mood here is pretty jolly. That is right. I said “jolly”.

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Jun 02, 2004

SD: Online at the Herseth Reception

Please note the laptop underneath the real media platform. That is the official Stakeholder HQ for the evening… We will be uploading more pix as fast as we can…

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Jun 02, 2004

Early Returns: 53-47

AP: In very early returns, lawyer Stephanie Herseth, 33, had a lead over Republican Larry Diedrich, 46, a farmer who served in the Legislature and was head of the American Soybean Association. With 2 percent of precincts reporting, Herseth had 2,585 votes, or 53 percent, to Diedrich’s 2,130 votes, or 47 percent. Update: Keloland numbers- 13% reporting—55-45 for Herseth 20% reporting—53-47 for Herseth… 25% reporting—the same (Kerry leads Larouche by 79) 35% reporting—52-48 for Herseth 43% reporting—52-48 for Herseth …

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Jun 01, 2004

SD: KELO Reports High Turnout

KELO TV is reporting high turnout (not to mention the absentee ballots…). I will have more info after the polls close. Update: The Black Hills Pioneer also sees high turnout in Lawrence County (at least some of the Wards)

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Jun 01, 2004

This is Really Bizarre

I had to check about three times to make sure this came from the .gov address, but sure enough Condoleeza Rice had this exchange with a reporter today at a press briefing: Q Dr. Rice, for many years, Mr. Chalabi was the savior of the White House and the Pentagon and the Washington circle. What is the present relationship between the White House and Mr. Chalabi? DR. RICE: Well, look, Ahmed Chalabi did, I think, a lot of good …

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Jun 01, 2004

SD: No Voter Left Behind

No word on turnout yet, but you will be the first to know… well, after me. And HQ. And the Voter. And the poll worker…

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Jun 01, 2004

SD: Dirty Tricks! Dirty Tricks!

Apparently yesterday, while a group of volunteers in Western South Dakota was in our staging location for lunch, the GOP deflated the tires on 10 of our vehicles to keep them from going back out. I checked with one source on the incident: Stakeholder: “So, did that slow us down at all out there?” Highly-placed Super Secret Source: “Not really, there was a gas station right across the street, the dumb ********.” Sigh. No pictures, though… Polls are open …

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Jun 01, 2004

Respect for the Law

Deroy Murdock, NRO Contributing editor, already wrote the best Medigate op-ed ever, in which he said: As for the perpetrators of this colossal public fraud, the Justice Department should fit them for orange jumpsuits. Well today he lays out the case, going through the Congressional Research Service report, law by law, and concluding with this: The United States Department of Justice should conduct a criminal investigation to determine if members of the Bush administration violated any or all of …

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Jun 01, 2004

SD: E-Day Morning Report

The GOTV effort is in full swing now - we were fed at 6am and on the streets by 6.30 (polls are open from 7am-7pm Central Time). Here are Brianna and Danielle braving the wind with us. They are from Sioux Falls, so they took some time to go vote and are now back out on the streets (I feel guilty sitting here warming my hands on the laptop…) Seriously - the wind is crazy. All three of my …

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Jun 01, 2004

Scapegoating or Incompetent

Bad apples, far from the tree: Over the past year and a half, the Army has opened investigations into at least 91 cases of possible misconduct by U.S. soldiers against detainees and civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan, a total not previously reported and one that points to a broader range of wrongful behavior than defense officials have acknowledged. The figure, provided by a senior Army official, extends beyond the much-publicized abuse of detainees in military-run prisons to include the …

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Jun 01, 2004

Texas Tuesday

Keep your eyes on South Dakota today, but if you need a temporary warmer respite, Texas Tuesday is in full effect, featuring the resilient Chet Edwards.  From his campaign’s guest post:  Despite drawing a district designed to defeat Edwards, the Republicans are clearly worried they miscalculated…

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