Originally Published: September 24, 2000 7:15 p.m.
Read 'em and weep.
The revised vote tallies are in, and Barbara Blewster has won the second Republican nomination for the Legislative District 1 House seat.
The final tally was Linda Binder, 14,223; Blewster, 11,951, Lucy Mason, 11,761, and Caleb Soptelean, 5,330.
If Blewster survives a November challenge from Democrat Henry Camarot, the District can settle in for two more years of asinine remarks, embarrassment, and ineffectuality. But many moderate and thinking conservative Republicans are vowing to vote for a Binder-Camarot ticket in November. If Camarot wins and wants another term, he'll have to gain some appeal with conservatives. He may not please the more conservative elements in the county, but he would do the district and the other members of the delegation far less harm than Blewster would.
In the other two undecided races, the result still may be undecided.
With Tony Martinez showing only a seven-vote lead over Victor Hambrick in the race for county assessor, and the upholding of the Prescott city ordinance against "water wars" holding only a one-vote lead over those who want to continue the water fights, both races will go to an automatic recount.
If this election was anything, it was an argument for higher turnout.
The ancient Chinese have a curse: "May you live in interesting times."
Those interesting times are coming sometime next week and surely on Nov. 7.