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Tuesday, February 18, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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The race is still too close to call…

Good morning, Netizens...


Good journalists are never supposed to speculate on the news, but on the other hand, journalists have been speculating on the news for decades and their reputations seem none the worse for wear. If you believe this axiom, this is especially true of elections; no one ever should report an election until the last ballots have been counted, and the recount completed. History is full of instances where journalists reported what they thought was a sure thing only to eat their newsprint the next day or week.


Now we come to the political race between Queen Mary Verner and David Condon which, if you adhere to the latest ballot count, puts Condon ahead of Verner by a small percentage of the ballots tabulated as of yesterday evening. Someone asked me if Queen Mary had conceded the race yet, perhaps thinking I had a magic ball that would grant me hitherto unseen powers and thus allow me to predict this contentious race.


In another dimension of time and space, perhaps, I would be holding desperately onto the vision of Queen Mary Verner handing over her ostensible crown to victor, Mayor-elect David Condon, but probably not today. Who is to say what the ballot count will be? That, my fine friends, requires speculation. At this point in time, it does appear as if Queen Mary Verner will descend from the throne, yet another victim of the one-term-mayor syndrome that has so afflicted Spokane in past years. According to every known news source I have read, hardly anyone gives Queen Mary Verner a chance to beat Condon at this late time in history.


It could go the “other way”, with Queen Mary winning the election, but I do not see it happening. Some have suggested this is the influence of the Ghost of Otto Zehm from his kiosk in the Great Ballroom of Community Comment, as we have many ghosts in our ballroom who regularly tinker with life. Others have suggested Mayor Verner winning the election would be a statistical anomaly, a fluke, if you will.


So the verdict regarding Verner-vs-Condon is not in yet. We probably won't know for certain until Monday, if then. Your results and opinions, of course, may differ.



Spokesman-Review readers blog about news and issues in Spokane written by Dave Laird.