Health-care-reform supporters and opponents held dueling rallies on opposite sides of the street last night in Thousand Oaks, California. At one point, two men from opposing camps got into a scuffle that resulted in a 65-year-old anti-reformer getting his finger bitten off. That’s right, not just bitten, but bitten off. “He punched me hard, straight in the face, so I bit his finger off,” the strong-toothed man reportedly told his comrades afterward, as if it was a tactic he’s used before. The 65-year-old had his finger reattached at the hospital. He was covered by Medicare. [KTLA, Odd Time Signatures, Top of the Ticket/LAT]
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.