FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF WHESTCOREA – The incumbent Mememaster-General, Horatio Eden, won the national election for the post of head of state by a narrow margin, beating out second-place finisher Samuel Jackson by one vote.
Over three rounds of eliminations, Horatio Eden managed to gain a total of 7 votes to Samuel Jackson’s 6, for a total of 53.6% of the vote.
The Apathy Party leader was thoroughly defeated, garnering only 7.1% of the vote in total. He later suspended his campaign after being obliged to do so by the Apathy Party establishment, reducing the field to three candidates.
Two ballots were spoiled, and humorous write-in campaigns for Mitt Romney, 2012 Republican candidate for the US presidency, as well as Satan were entered.
What happens now?
Things are now rather difficult for everyone involved.
Eden may take his win on the national level as a sign that he continues to hold the confidence of the electorate, but without a majority of the international citizens, he may find himself out of office.
While this is a setback for the Jackson campaign, it does not mark final defeat; if he can beat out Eden for votes in the international arena, he may be able to wrest control of the Whestcorean State House.
The national vote was a small disaster for the former Leader of the Opposition, Rainbow Gordon Bennett, who failed to get more than two votes, even with three rounds of elimination. However, despite the mathematical impossibility of him getting a majority of votes and winning the office, if he can prevent either of his two competitors from winning a majority in the international stage, the election goes back to the beginning, where he may find the Apathy Party’s withdrawal from the campaign advantageous. This, however, would require him to make a clean sweep of the board when the polls open tomorrow.