Winter is generally a busy time for mice in search of shelter in our houses, and for the exterminators who try to keep them at bay. But this year has been unusually quiet in that regard, probably because it is just too damn cold. “Because it’s been especially cold, it may have resulted in poor reproduction and many natural deaths,” Harvard biologist Hopi Hoekstra told the New York Times. As silver linings go, this is a pretty bleak one, but when it is 16 degrees outside, we’ll take what we can get.
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.