There were two races in the nation, Florida and Kentucky, where the Republican Senator won by a hair, with more than enough missing votes to change the result.
In South Dakota the numbers were different, but the republican still won. The SD senatorial race was the closest in the nation with the Republican winning by only 4,535 votes. Oddly enough, there were no missing votes, in fact 9,323 more votes were cast for Senator than for President.
In Alaska there were also more votes for Senator than president, not enough to change the result, but perhaps close enough to warrant a recount. Alaska uses Diebold central tabulators to count the optical scan machine results, and if you've been following the election fraud stories, you know how unreliable the optical scan counties were in Florida.
Of course the Republicans are going to argue that 'missing votes' are typical. Of course a certain percentage of people are going to vote for President and skip voting for Senator. Why? I'm not sure, but ok- let's look at the numbers.
There were 34 senate races, 29 of which had less votes for Senator than President, 5 had More votes for Senator. This graph represents percent of voters that didn't vote for Senator, negative numbers indicate the 5 oddball states with more votes for Senator than President.
Idaho was an anomaly with the Dem Senator receiving only 1% of the vote- he must have had a huge scandal or something- so 15% of the people did not even bother to vote for Senator. NY and CT were Democratic Senator blowouts represented by the top to blips on the graph, clearly outside the standard deviation.
Looking at the other 31 races within the range the percentage of missing votes:
Std. Dev: 1.40%
So the standard deviation, represented by the blue lines ranges from -0.16% --> 2.64% and all 4 of these races, narrowly won by a Republican, fall outside the standard deviation. Actually they are 2 out of the most extreme three at each end of the spectrum.
To summarize: In election 2004, every time there was a tight race for a Senate seat, the Republican won. And in each of those races there is a significant difference in the number of votes cast for Senator and for President.
Just another coincidence? Let's list all of the coincidences.
- Florida optical scan counties show 2/3 of the county registered as democrats, but the vote was reversed with Bush getting 2/3 of the vote- ONLY in Florida op-scan counties. Other counties voted pretty much as they were registered.
- Exit Polls correct in non-swing states, but way off in swing states.
- With dozens of reported voting irregularities, the glitches and malfunctions and lost votes _always_ favor the ruling party.
And now we can add to the list- all close senate races won by republicans with questionable voting totals.
Toss in the incredible 'coincidence' of 2 Democratic senators dying in plane crashes one month before their election and one has to wonder, is it really possible that these are all coincidences?
And for the cherry on top we can all remember Bush 'won' Florida in 2000 by 536 votes... yet there was the infamous Palm Beach County Butterfly ballot that gave Pat Buchanan 3000 votes that clearly were meant for Gore, and I suggest you'd have to be willfully ignorant to not acknowledge that we now have exactly what our Forefathers freed us from a King named George.