Despite Governor Paterson’s desire hold a vote on a marriage-equality bill regardless of whether the votes are lined up beforehand, he says he’ll “stick with” the “final judgment” of Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith, who would rather wait until passage is assured. Newsday calls this a “backpedal” and a “reversal” on Paterson’s part, but it’s not. Even at his fiery press conference last week, Paterson said he wasn’t “attempting to instruct the majority leader of the Senate” on the issue. Paterson wants the vote, and deplores how Albany stifles open debate it’s just not up to him. [Newsday]
Post-manual-recount Florida Senate **official** election results: Rick Scott (R) defeats Bill Nelson (D) by 10,033 votes.
The manual recount actually shifted the margin by 2,570 votes, which is more than twice as many as the previous record recount shift this century. The fact that Florida is a huge state helps, but that’s certainly notable.
25,543 fewer votes were cast in the Florida Senate race than governor’s race in Broward County. It’s possible—though by no means certain—that bad ballot design cost Bill Nelson his seat.