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December 19, 1986 | United Press International
Democrat Collin Peterson conceded defeat today to Rep. Arlan Stangeland (R-Minn.), 45 days after the Nov. 4 election and a week after a recount ended. "It's probably been the longest election night in history. I'm glad it's over," Peterson said at a news conference at the Wilkin County Courthouse. Stangeland won by 295 votes.
November 8, 1994
THE GOVERNOR'S RACE * What Happened Monday: Republican Pete Wilson spent his final day of campaigning with rallies in San Jose, Long Beach, Orange County and his home city of San Diego. Democrat Kathleen Brown attended ralles at the College of San Mateo, Cal State Northridge and the Jewish Home for the Aging in Reseda. * What's Ahead: Brown votes near her home in Los Angeles this morning and attends election night gathering at the Biltmore Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles.
November 9, 2012 | By Meredith Blake
It's been a long, exhausting campaign season for political pundits, and on Thursday a tired but clearly exhilarated Rachel Maddow stopped by “The Colbert Report” to discuss the results of Tuesday's election. It was by any measure a very good night for liberals, who celebrated not only Obama's victory but also the decriminalization of marijuana in two states and the legalization of gay marriage by popular vote in three. In Maddow's post-election show Wednesday night, the MSNBC host unleashed an anti-Republican rant that quickly went viral . The party had gotten “shellacked,” she argued, because  of their “vacuum-sealed, door-locked spin cycle of telling each other what makes them feel good.” Colbert asked her why she felt the need to do an “end zone dance.” Maddow claimed she was simply describing what had happened, in simple terms, but “this is one of those days when the facts have a liberal bias.” As for the enthused viewer reaction to it, “Just raw data makes people, like, send you flowers,” she said.
June 9, 2012 | Jean Merl
Days after Tuesday's primary election, four congressional and 11 Assembly races -- as well as Proposition 29, a proposed cigarette tax -- still are undecided. In most of the candidate contests, it's not yet clear who finished second -- a crucial position in the state's new "top-two" elections system. The 15 unsettled races, one of which hung by two votes Friday, represent a significant jump from the typical three or four in past elections, according to Allan Hoffenblum, who publishes the nonpartisan California Target Book of state contests.
November 17, 2012
Re “ The great election night scam ,” Opinion, Nov. 15 Michael Kinsley's insights are usually on the mark, but not his rant about the so-called election-night scam perpetrated by TV networks that refrain from reporting election results until the polls close everywhere. Most of us think that avoiding any possible influence on voting is worth the wait, even if that causes pundits to squirm for a few hours on election day. Garland Allen Santa Monica What Kinsley says is true, but only if you disregard everything but the presidential contest.
November 12, 1988
Bush's campaign thus becomes an example rather than a heinous embarrassment, a reinforcement of vilification as a national sport. His election night quest of unity was as glib and perfunctory as you'd expect from a politician who is, after all, a moral shrimp. We will eventually pay for this consummate yes-man's inability to say no to his own worst impulses. Pundits attributed Bush's smashing victory in large measure to his resume, as though by simply occupying a job you discharge that job with distinction.
November 8, 1986 | JAY SHARBUTT, Times Staff Writer
As expected, the tradition-breaking election night program mix of politics and entertainment by NBC and ABC left CBS and its old-guard ways a distant third in national ratings, A.C. Nielsen Co. figures showed Friday. But CBS News president Howard Stringer wasn't dismayed by the ratings for his network.
July 3, 2012 | By David Lauter
Democrats can claim one victory from last month's Wisconsin recall election -- but it may not last long and might not be worth much. A recount on Monday concluded that Democratic candidate John Lehman had ousted Republican state Sen. Van Wanggaard by 819 votes in a district centering on Racine in south-eastern Wisconsin. That would give Democrats a 17-16 majority in the state Senate once Lehman is formally certified and sworn in. When that will take place remains uncertain because Wanggaard has not conceded and has threatened to go to court.
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