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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

2008 Election Wrap-Up

This is my final post tonight.  I’m going to bed.  In my local & state elections, Democratic incumbent Jeffrey Schoenberg has beaten his Republican challenger Brendan Appel handily, 79 to 21% for our State Senate position, and CLTV (AKA Tribune Company) has “called” that race.  In my State House district, Republican incumbent Elizabeth Coulson has once again held back yet another “Elect me, I’m a Democrat!” challenger, Daniel Biss – currently 61 to 39%.  CLTV has not called that race, but I’m going to go to bed assuming she’ll win.  Both good news, as far as I’m concerned.

Two state referendums are going the way I voted: The call for an expensive and unneccessary constitutional convention is failing, 67 to 33 percent; and the proposed constitutional amendment (without a convention) allowing the recall of Illinois governors (*cough* Blagojevich *cough*) is winning, 63 to 37 percent.  Again, none of these called by CLTV, but I’m going with them.

Plucky Republican Tony Peraica, having nearly beaten Todd Stroger for the nepotism-filled Cook County Board President a few years ago, tried this time to grab the States Attorney’s title, and has apparently lost.

As of now, Barack Obama is solidly ahead of John McCain, the only debatable point being by how much.  I’ll leave the MSNBC election results post below, rather than calling that race – but I think we have a new party in the White House by the time I wake up.

[UPDATE 1: Yeah, I know I said I’m going to bed.  But before I could log out, NBC officially called Barack Obama the winner of the US Presidential race, with 284 electoral votes.]

[UPDATE 2: CNN just called it for Obama too.  It’s over.]

Oh yeah, about that Chicago cab driver – John Joseph Polachek, running for President, but only in Cook County.  Seems the guy has pulled together 829 votes, including himself.  Hey, don’t get me wrong – I didn’t vote for the guy, I read his Board of Elections filing, and he seems like a kook.  But, kook or not, he did something that not many others would try – he didn’t like the way things are going in America, so he ran for president.  And he got 828 votes more than you and I will ever get.  If nothing else, he’ll have a great story to tell his grandkids

posted by Michael Humphries-Dolnick at 8:51 pm  


  1. This is the first election in which almost everyone and every thing I voted for won. Only two charter amendments and two people (Lt Governor and Attorney General) went the other way.

    I am thrilled that Obama won!!!

    Comment by catlady — November 5, 2008 @ 6:34 pm

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  3. How Your Brother/Son/Cousin? Spent Election Night:


    “I remember ’72, but at the age of six all I really knew was that that guy Nixon was some sort of Supercreep. I remember watching his resignation speech, myself and my brother/stepbrothers, none older than 12 or 13, all cheering wildly in our little apartment in Chicago. I remember the night before the 1980 election, some protestors were at a Reagan rally and he turned to them and told them to “Shut up!” The crowd ate it up. The next day, Reagan was President-elect, and a month later John Lennon was dead.

    I’m glad at least a few little things like that will now be different for a while. Well, except for Lennon being dead.”

    Comment by kpisces — November 15, 2008 @ 12:28 am

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