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    What does "the returns" mean?

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    Rick Santorum won Republican presidential primaries in Alabama and Mississippi tonight, propelling his candidacy and wrecking Mitt Romney's hopes for a game-changing Southern breakthrough.
    While the returns were incomplete, Newt Gingrich was running second ahead of Romney in both states.

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    Santorum wins Mississippi, Alabama primaries

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    Re: What does "the returns" mean?

    In this context, it means the results.

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    Re: What does "the returns" mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    In this context, it means the results.
    The results of presidential primaries?

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    Re: What does "the returns" mean?

    Yes- they hadn't got 100% of the votes in at that stage.

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    Re: What does "the returns" mean?

    After the polls close, the news media reports the results as they are being counted. Each precinct reports its final verified totals. And the media reports the totals as the night goes on. "With 24% of the precincts reporting, Jim Smith has a 12 point lead over John Doe."

    These are said to be the "returns," I think because the official paperwork is being returned from each precinct to the county and state eleciton officials.

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