Why Can’t Politicians Just Once be Honest?
The race for Attorney General in
Virginia is important for several
reasons. One is that if the Democratic
candidate won, it would give Democrats a sweep in an all important swing
state. If the Republican won, it would
show that radical conservatives have to campaign as center right moderates to
The actual result, a tie. Yes current the Democrat Mark Herring leads by less than 200 votes, and a recount may or may not confirm his victory. But in the world of statistics this race was a tie, the margin of difference is so small that it is not statistically significant and is the resuslt of what is called sampling error.
And yet this has not stopped the Democrat from crowing about his victory.
A recount appears all but certain after the statewide results are certified Nov. 25, and the Obenshain campaign made clear that it considers the race far from over. “We owe it to the people of
to make sure we get it right, and that every legitimate vote is counted and
subject to uniform rules,” Obenshain ( )
said in a statement. Harrisonburg
Herring, by contrast, treated his victory as assured in a campaign statement.
Virginia have spoken,
their voices have been heard and I am honored to have won their votes and their
trust to become ’s
next Attorney General,” Herring said. Virginia
Well what the voters said is that we cannot pick a winner, and that if the Democrat ultimately prevails it is only because of the nature of statistics, that there were less errors in vote counting on his side than on the other. And the winning candidate should acknowledge that, but of course that would require a politician to be honest, a bridge just too far.