As expected, the Gooch campaign has announced that they will file for a recount. With the vote count so close, the Gooch campaign is arguing that a recount is only fair.
Gooch campaign manager Tony Sayegh issued a formal statement reported by Poltickernj:
"With over 13,500 votes cast, unofficial results indicate that approximately half of one percent still separates the two candidates," Gooch Campaign Manager Tony Sayegh said in a formal statement. "A recount is the only legal mechanism we have to secure confidence in the result, ensuring that no errors in the tabulation of votes have taken place.
"This process will allow paper ballots to be counted by hand, require electronic cartridges to be re-loaded, and provide for the inspection of the machines and election materials," he added. "There are also some specific concerns we have about the treatment of Vote By Mail ballot requests, the security and custody of election materials, and electronic data cartridges arriving with error messages that must be investigated further. This will be done as expeditiously as possible; we look forward to determining a winner in the near future."
I certainly hope "this is done as expeditiously as possible" and that the winner is affirmed in the near future.
If there are irregularities they should be investigated. If fraud is discovered, it should be prosecuted. However, let's get on with it.
The Gooch team has brought in heavy hitting election law attorney W. Timothy Howes. Howes told the Asbury Park Press that a recount would not be filed today or tomorrow.
The closeness of the race has so far benefited the Little campaign with a great deal of free media. A recount might take a couple of days and generate more free press. However, if the Gooch campaign drags this out for 15 days prior to filing for a recount, only Frank Pallone benefits, regardless of who the eventual winner is.
If Little is the winner, a delay only hampers her fund raising efforts. If Gooch is the winner, her team needs to evaluate what didn't work about their primary campaign and get to work on planning a general election campaign.
Let's get on with this without delay.