Sandra Fluke has been openly pondering the idea of running for U.S. Congress to replace U.S. Representative Henry Waxman for a week or so now, but on Thursday, she announced she had decided against the idea, in favor of a more modest political goal: She’ll run for California’s State Senate instead. “While I strongly considered offering my candidacy for Congress, I feel there is a better way for me to advance the causes that are important to our community,” Fluke told the Los Angeles Times. The Wire makes the case that this decision gives Fluke a clearer path to victory and a deeper political résumé. It also allows her to avoid Washington, D.C.’s weather for another few years.
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.