GOP congressional candidate David Harmer took a dim view a few minutes ago of the Associated Press’ decision, with a third of the precincts reporting, to call the race for his Democratic opponent, Lt. Gov. John Garamendi.
“Wasn’t it the AP who wrote the headline ‘Dewey defeats Truman?’ ” Harmer said. “I don’t believe in giving any concession speeches until all the votes have been counted.”
Actually, no. It was the Chicago Tribune and that was a long time ago, 1948, to be exact.
Unfortunately, in this case, the number of precincts reporting is an inaccurate reflection of the total votes cast. In a low turnout election where three-quarters of the ballots are cast through the mail and not in a precinct, the percentage of precincts reporting is a far smaller number than the percentage of votes that have already been counted as vote-by-mail ballots.