November 17, 2004
Gubernatorial Vote Count Post-Mortem

* Congratulations to Dino Rossi and his excellent campaign team!

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* How were our projections? This table looks at the projections for today's count that I posted last night vs. the actual outcomes.

 
Projections
Actual
Group
Estimated
Uncounted
Votes
Approx.
% Lead
Approx.
Projected Vote
Lead
Counted Votes Percentage Lead Vote Lead
Rossi Counties
3,400
+23%
+775
4,244
+19.8%
+840
Gregoire Counties (Excl. King)
1,700
-3%
-45
2,537
-5.99%
-152
King County
(non-affidavit)
800
-18%
-144
1,359
32.82%
-446
King County (affidavit)
650
-550
Advantage Rossi    
+36
+242
My net projection was a +730 lead for Rossi outside of King County, and we ended up +688. Not bad, I'd say, especially given the inaccuracy in the counties' estimates of uncounted ballots.

* On Monday, the day the AP story appeared in the P-I and other newspapers, I was interviewed on two different radio stations (KVI and KIRO) and a TV station (KIRO) predicting that Rossi would win by "between 1,700 and 3,400" votes. Of course, the final outcome was only 261 votes.

But my prediction was better than it might first appear. It was based on the information that King County had 11,000 uncounted ballots and on the assumption that those ballots would give Gregoire a lead in the range of 17% - 26%. Later on Monday, we learned that King had many more uncounted ballots than they earlier estimated. In fact, King actually reported a total of 19,642 votes this week, which went to Gregoire with roughly a 21% lead. Applying this same lead to the unexpected discovery of 8,642 extra votes, gives us a discrepancy of 1,807 extra Gregoire votes. If you adjust the final outcome for this discrepancy, you arrive at a Rossi lead of 2,068. This is right in the ballpark of my earlier prediction based on available data.

An even better way of looking at this would be to simply plug the 19,642 into the original spreadsheet instead of the 11,000. The model would have then projected a Rossi victory with a margin of between 157 and 1,098 votes.

* How did the Gregoire people do?

TNT, Nov. 12

Gregoire campaign spokesman Morton Brilliant said, “Our model predicts Chris winning.”
I'm relieved that the party that doesn't know how to count won't be in charge of the state's finances for the next four years. Posted by Stefan Sharkansky at November 17, 2004 11:44 PM | Email This
Comments
1. Shark, I agree with you on this one. You know what I'm going to do: I'm just going to copy the post I made on Rosenblog here:

I'm a Dinocrat. I also voted for Kerry-Edwards. Frankly, if Democrats would listen to themselves about Bush-Cheney and then compared Gregoire's actions to their description of B-C, they'd find a lot of similarities.

My respectful .02

That said:

DI-NO! DI-NO! DI-NO! DI-NO! DI-NO!
DI-NO! DI-NO! DI-NO! DI-NO! DI-NO!
DI-NO! DI-NO! DI-NO! DI-NO! DI-NO!
DI-NO! DI-NO! DI-NO! DI-NO! DI-NO!
DI-NO! DI-NO! DI-NO! DI-NO! DI-NO!
DI-NO! DI-NO! DI-NO! DI-NO! DI-NO!
DI-NO! DI-NO! DI-NO! DI-NO! DI-NO!
DI-NO! DI-NO! DI-NO! DI-NO! DI-NO!
DI-NO! DI-NO! DI-NO! DI-NO! DI-NO!
DI-NO! DI-NO! DI-NO! DI-NO! DI-NO!

WASHINGTON STATE IS BACK AND READY TO GO!*

*BC Premier Gordon Campbell said that in 2001 and look what happened to B.C.

Posted by: Josef on November 18, 2004 08:11 AM
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