80% 60% 53%

From Holden:

Today’s NYTimes article about the unending violence in Iraq which ” further dim American hopes that the insurgency might have lost some momentum in the wake of the large turnout” inadvertently revelas a small nugget of truth that the corporate media and the assministration would like to hide.

Leaders of the Shiite alliance have said they are counting on increasing their vote share to at least 55 percent as more votes come in from eight predominantly Shiite southern provinces, including Basra, Iraq’s second-largest city behind Baghdad. Partial returns for these provinces have totaled only 1.6 million votes, one for every five people, across an area where turnouts as high as 80 percent were reported on election day.