Happy Veterans Day, Dick Haines, to you and other vets – and to Diane Sands on the left whether you’re a veteran or not (I don’t know).
That’s me on the other side. The photo is from the fairgrounds last night, where the Missoula County Elections Office was counting accepted provisional ballots.
Sands came out ahead in that district, SD-49, but Haines can still call for a recount if he puts up the money. He was thinking on it last night.
I bet his people will push him to do a recount, but the outcome won’t change if he does. I hope he decides soon, one way or the other.
As you can see, Democrat Sands and Republican Haines ran a friendly race. I wish federal races could take a lesson from these guys and leave out the nasty TV commercials.
Yesterday, I learned a few things as we waited for the final count. Here they are, in no particular order:
- Missoula County wants a huckleberry. Just one little huckleberry! Here’s why: On Election Day, the elections center registered 785 people to vote and served more than 1,000. Hooray! Anne Hughes, PIO, told me no one waited for more than 35 minutes.
That’s a big improvement from 2012, when some people waited more than 3 1/2 hours. The best part this year? A food vendor was on site. You won’t wait to register if you’re hungry, right? I promised I’d submit a nomination. On Fridays, our editorial board doles out huckleberries and chokecherries, if you’re wondering what this huckleberry request is about. I’m also posting a recipe for huckleberry crumble cake pictured above. Yum! (Photo credit: Kurt Wilson.)
- Ann Mary Dussault, Sands’ S.O., will spend some time in Mexico while Sands is in Helena, assuming she keeps the win. Dussault has seen manta rays fly out of the sea and whales calving.
- If Haines calls for a recount and ends up ahead, his sweetheart, Bunny Haines, would go with him to Helena. She said it’s the wives who hold it all together there. I asked if she would include husbands of legislators, too, but she said not so much.
- Democrat Kimberly Dudik won, and Independent Gary Marbut was not at the fairgrounds. The race for HD-94 was tight, but it wasn’t ever listed as a possible recount, so maybe that’s why Marbut wasn’t present. I couldn’t help but imagine him busy at the shooting range, though he probably has other skills we don’t even know about, like growing award winning tomatoes.
All for now.
- Keila Szpaller