Ohio’s secretary of state estimates there will be 175,000 provisional ballots at most. In 2000, 83 percent of provisional ballots were ruled valid. Assuming that’s the pattern this year, what percentage of the valid provisional ballots would John Kerry need to win to erase George W. Bush’s 145,000 vote lead in Ohio? I figure 100 percent. And I’m a math tutor! What are the odds that 100 percent of provisional ballots were cast for Kerry? I figure zero.
Ohio also has yet to count late-arriving absentee ballots from military personnel stationed overseas. A recent poll showed more than 70 percent of military voters support Bush.
Florida was close — absurdly close. Ohio is not.
Thank you, John Kerry, for your gracious concession.
But in an American election, there are no losers, because whether or not our candidates are successful, the next morning we all wake up as Americans. That is the greatest privilege and the most remarkable good fortune that can come to us on Earth.
In the days ahead, we must find common cause. We must join in common effort, without remorse or recrimination, without anger or rancor. America is in need of unity and longing for a larger measure of compassion.
I hope President Bush will advance those values in the coming years. I pledge to do my part to try to bridge the partisan divide.
I know this is a difficult time for my supporters, but I ask them, all of you, to join me in doing that. Now, more than ever, with our soldiers in harm’s way, we must stand together and succeed in Iraq and win the war on terror.
I will also do everything in my power to ensure that my party, a proud Democratic Party, stands true to our best hopes and ideals.
Kerry was speaking for the future of his party. I hope Democrats were listening.