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The Latest Suspense in the Vote Count: The “47 Percent” Watch

A number of bloggers are watching the latest returns from the vote count — yes, they are still counting ballots in a number of states — to see if Mitt Romney ends up with 47 percent of the vote.

Given that Romney’s “47 percent” video was a highlight of the campaign, a number of liberal bloggers see it as a fitting end to the story. Markos Moulitsas calls it a “delicious irony.”

Greg Sargent of the Washington Post says that it is entirely possible that Romney will end up at that number.

He writes, “When all the votes are counted, could Mitt Romney really end up
achieving perfect poetic justice by finishing with 47 percent of the
national vote? Yup. Dave Wasserman of the nonpartisan Cook Political
Report says new votes in from Maryland put Romney at 47.56 percent. He predicts with certainty that with all of New York and California counted, Romney will end up below 47.5 percent of the vote.”

The latest vote total is here.

Romney, meanwhile, was spotted in La Jolla pumping his own gas, according to a tabloid-esque photo taken by a photographer and posted on Reddit. Given that Al Gore grew a beard and Bob Dole did Viagra ads, who knows what is in store for Romney’s future, although the way that GOP leaders have discarded him makes it unlikely that would mean elective politics.

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