In the 2018 congressional elections, the winning candidate’s margin of victory in 102 races was less than 10%. It was 5% or less in 50 races.
Twelve of those close 2018 midterm elections were for the U.S. Senate, while 90 were elections for the House of Representatives.
The Republican candidate won 53 of these elections, while the Democratic candidate won 49.
A more recent example is the final results after a recount in the Republican primary runoff for Texas’ 23rd Congressional District. Tony Gonzales defeated Raul Reyes Jr. by a margin of 39 votes out of more than 24,000 cast. The final vote tally was 12,346 to 12,339 votes.
The runoff was held on July 14. On July 31, the Republican Party of Texas certified Gonzales as the winner of the primary, with unofficial vote totals showing him leading by 45 votes. Reyes filed a request for a recount on Aug. 3 and abandoned the recount on Aug. 21.
Gonzales will face Gina Ortiz Jones (D) and two others in the Nov. 3 general election.
In the 2016 presidential election, an estimated 22 million citizens took part in early voting. Mainstream media exit polls continued to predict Hillary Clinton as the likely winner over Donald J. Trump. In retrospect, some analysts decided current media polling is not a reliable indicator.
Others theorized media bias was so out of hand, it prompted many undecided voters to show up on election day.
Ultimately it is the electoral votes that matter, with voting critical to local (state) outcomes deciding those electorial delegates.
In 1876, Rutherford B. Hayes defeated Samuel J. Tilden. It was only after four states had their electoral votes disputed, and Congress deferred to the Electoral Commission that Hayes was named president with a 185 to 184 result. Tilden actually won the popular vote, 4,288,191 to Hayes’s 4,033,497.
It was just 20 years ago that in a 271 to 266 electoral decision, George W. Bush became president. Al Gore won the popular, with 50,992,335 votes to 50,455,156 over Bush. The nation watched intensely at the televised recount in Florida for its 25 electoral votes. The state’s high court weighed in, followed by the U.S. Supreme Court. Eventually Gore was forced to concede to Bush, who would go on to serve two terms as president.
All legitimate votes matter.
Raised in San Antonio, Jack Dennis’ early experiences were as a newspaper reporter and private investigator. With a Texas State University bachelor’s degree, Jack studied journalism, education and psychology. He was the founding vice-president of Sigma Delta Chi, the Association of Professional Journalists at the University. Jack has received numerous awards, including Investigative Reporter of the Year from Rocky Mountain Press Association, David Ashworth Community Award, and Leadership in Management.
Some of the people and groups Jack has interviewed include:
Elvis Presley, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Willie Nelson, B.B. King, George Strait, Roy Orbison, Justin Timberlake, Steven Tyler, Freddie Mercury, Kenny Rogers, Kenny Loggins, Jackson Browne, Steve Wariner, Tanya Tucker, Scotty Moore, Fats Domino, Patty Page, Tommy Roe, Emmy Lou Harris, Johnny Rivers, Charly McClain, Kinky Friedman, John McFee, Guy Allison & Patrick Simmons (Doobie Brothers) , Randy Bachman (BTO), Jim Messina, Todd Rundgren, Alvin Lee, Gary Puckett, The Ventures, Freddy Cannon, Augie Meyer, Christopher Cross, Whiskey Myers, Sha Na Na (John “Bowzer” Baumann), Flash Cadillac, Jerry Scheff, John Wilkinson, Darrell McCall, and more.
Politicians & News
George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Lady Bird Johnson, Greg Abbott, Rudolph Giuliani, Larry King, Jack Anderson, Tom Bradley, Connie Mack, and more.
Clint Eastwood, Mike Myers, Taylor Lautner, Cameron Diaz, Jerry Lewis, Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banderas, Julie Andrews, Selena Gomez, Tippi Hedren, James Earl Jones, James Woods, Jim Nabors, Martha Raye, Rosalind Russell, June Lockhart, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Howie Mandel, Meg Ryan, Cheri Oteri, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, James Drury, Melanie Griffith, Nathan Lane, Alan Thicke, Lou Diamond Phillips, Clint Howard, Tony Sirico, Cesar Romero, Michael Berryman, Tracy Scoggins, William Windom, Warren Stevens and more.
Buzz Aldrin, Alan Bean, Wally Schirra, Dave Scott, Gene Cernan, Walt Cunningham, Scott Carpenter, Gene Kranz (NASA Flight Director), Ed Mitchell, Richard Gordon, Bruce McCandless, Vanentina Treshkova (first woman in space, Russia), Alex Leonov (first man to walk in space, Russian), Al Worden, Dee O’Hara (nurse to astronauts) and more.
Sports: Joe Torre, Roger Staubach, Bob Hayes, Billie Jean King, Manuela Maleeva, Drew Pearson, Bob Lilly, Tim Duncan, David Robinson, George Gervin, Tony Parker, Shannon Miller, Cathy Rigby, Bruce Bowen, Wade Boggs, Fernando Valenzuela, Bernie Kosar, Dale Murphy, Jim Abbott, Dick Bartell, Mike Schmidt, Dan Pastorini and more.
May Pang, Bob Eubanks, Vernon Presley, Vester Presley, Charlie Hodge, Joe Esposito, Rick Stanley (Elvis’ step-brother, Harold Lloyd (Elvis’ first cousin), Doyle Brunson, Kara Peller, Hank Meijer, Norman Brinkler, Stanley Marcus, Jerry King, Mac King, Nathan Burton, Zach Anner, Louie Anderson, Owen Benjamin, Steve Byrne and more.
As head of Facilities for a major retailer (H-E-B Food/Drugs) for 20 years, Jack co-founded Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association (PRSM) and was elected President to establish PRSM magazine. Jack is a writer, speaker, golf-concierge and happiness coach. He has researched and studied happiness for over 40 years.
Jack was a prolific writer for Examiner.com, with over 1,900 articles written in six years. His articles and stories have appeared in AXS Entertainment, The ROWDY Country Music, Memphis Flash, and numerous magazines.
He is author of “Miracles of Justice,” a true courtroom drama novel about social injustice and miracles.