on wasted votes

While Missouri (not to be pronounced “Missourah”. ever.) has long been an indicator for how the election would end, I’m thankful the electoral votes don’t depend on it for this election.

Office — Candidate Name Votes % Of Votes
U.S. President And Vice President Precincts Reporting 3533 of 3533
John McCain, Sarah Palin REP 1,442,613 49.4%  
Barack Obama, Joe Biden DEM 1,436,745 49.2%  
Ralph Nader, Matt Gonzalez IND 17,769 .6%  
Bob Barr, Wayne A. Root LIB 11,355 .4%  
Chuck Baldwin, Darrell Castle CST 8,181 .3%  
Cynthia McKinney, Rosa Clemente WI 958 .0%  
Missouri 2008 General Election – Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Now, I’m not a fan of the dominant two-party system, but I can’t help but feel a significant amount of the bottom 36,000 votes are short-sighted.

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