The Connecticut marathon

November 5, 2010 2:05:45 PM PDT
There have been no hanging or dimpled chads yet, but the political slapstick in Connecticut will - fingers crossed - be over by tonight in that state's election of a new Governor.

Hard to imagine that whoever loses won't head to court, no matter how much the Secretary of the State (yes, there's a "the" in the title in Connecticut) says that the margin of victory is far outside the magic 2,000 number that automatically triggers a recount.

And all the brouhaha over not enough ballots in Bridgeport? Turns out only 100 people voted after the polling booth hours were extended beyond the 8 p.m. deadline so that new ballots could be made.

If we believe the official unofficial not-for-sure totals, Democrat Dan Malloy will become the 88th Governor of Connecticut, defeating Republican Tom Foley by several thousand votes.

What's taking so long? What took so long? Those are the big questions. We're looking for the answers, tonight at 11.

Also at 11, Meteorologist Lee Goldberg is looking not just at our weather for the weekend, but also at Hurricane Tomas, which is hitting parts of Haiti today. The storm not directly aiming at the island nation, as originally feared. And that's good news indeed for a country that hardly needs another disaster to deal with. A million people still live in tents because of January's earthquake.

We're also following developments in the cargo terror plot, and new claims tonight by Al Qaeda in Yemen that it was responsible not just for last week's cargo bombs, but also the explosion of a UPS 747 in Dubai in early September.

And talk about a Through The Looking Glass reality, Republicans are now asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overrule a lower federal court decision and once again bar the implementation of the military's anti-gay policy known as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." And the Democratic Obama White House is leading the charge to keep the law in place. Explain that to someone who just landed here from some place far, far away!

And Nina Pineda and 7 On Your Side tonight have a dynamic follow to their infuriating story last week about Ford Motor Co. not reimbursing rental car fees for owners whose vehicles have been recalled.

Now Ford says dealerships will pay for rentals - but there's a new twist that could add up to costing Ford owners thousands of dollars.

Michelle Charlesworth has a story tonight on how retailers are now cracking down on shoppers who buy, use and then try to return.

And we're trying to get reaction from Mayor Bloomberg to a published report quoting Rupert Murdoch saying that Bloomberg called Pres. Obama the "most arrogant man" he's ever met. The quote reportedly came from the Mayor's golf outing with Mr. Obama last summer.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Scott Clark with the night's sports. I hope you can join Liz Cho and me, tonight at 11, right after 20/20 and What Would You Do.

BILL RITTER

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