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In this case the will of the people is that the two candidates are equally good

That's a very positive way to look at it. The problem of reduced legitimacy persists, though. The disgruntled Coleman supporters will probably always have a sneaking suspicion that the election was stolen from them, which tends to poison actual discourse.

Sneaking suspicion? After the 2000 election you would be looked down on for calling Bush president in many demokratic circles.


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