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Wed., Nov. 3, 2010, 1:43 p.m.

Griffiths Wasn’t 1st Hart Write-In Foe

I'm still trying to read the tea leaves re: one oddity from Election Night. As we all know by now, write-in candidate Howard Griffiths received 24.75 percent of the vote in his long-shot race against embattled Republican Phil Hart in their House District 3 race. But did you know that Democrat David Larsen, who was on the ballot, pulled 26.92 percent of the vote against House Education Committee Chairman Bob Nonini. What does this say re: the underdog, given that it takes more effort to write-in a candidate's name? BTW, for those keeping score at home, Hart beat another write-in in 2004 -- the late Wayne Meyer, who ran as a write-in after losing to Hart in the GOPrimary. Hart won the spring election 60.25% to 39.75% and then beat write-in Meyer in the general election (91% to 9%). In the 2002 general election, Hart, running as a Constitutionalist received 3114 (31.7%) votes to Republican Meyer's 6705 (63.3%)

Question: Why did Howard Griffiths (24.75%) pull so many more write-ins this year than the late Rep. Wayne Meyer (9%) did against Hart in 2004?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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