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Wednesday, November 8th 2006

Perchance To Dream

For all the drama Saturday, there was little in the race for Durham District Attorney. H/T Drudge

For months, Mike Nifong stubbornly pressed ahead with the prosecution of three Duke University lacrosse players on rape charges even as critics hammered away at his handling of the case.

But after winning his first full term as Durham County’s district attorney, the veteran prosecutor sounded more like someone who had heard all the second-guessing instead of ignoring it.

“I’m just glad to be able to get this over with because like I said, it’s been hard on my wife, it’s been hard on my staff,” Nifong said after holding off a pair of challengers Tuesday. “I think it’s been hard on Durham. Now it’s over. It’s done with, like it or not. We’ve all got to live with it. We’ve all got to move forward.”

Nifong, a Democrat, pulled in less than half the votes but finished with a healthy lead over his closest challenger, Lewis Cheek. Nifong had 26,116 votes, or 49 percent, and Cheek finished with 20,875 votes, or 39 percent. Write-in candidate Steve Monks had 6,193 votes, or 12 percent, according to the complete but unofficial results.

Nifong was appointed district attorney last year to fill the unexpired term of his predecessor and beat two challengers in the Democratic primary in May — when the furor from the rape case was at its height.

And thus we press forward with a ridiculous prosecution of three Duke lacrosse players, where even the accuser can’t keep the story straight.