It's over when it's over
An annoying element in the coverage or primary elections — not as consequential as the inept prognostications or as annoying as the banal chatter, but still worth deploring — is the talk as the count proceeds of final results.
We’re back in obnoxious pleonasm territory. A result is an outcome or a consequence. The result is where the process ends. You can have preliminary returns, and you can have disputed or contested returns, but the result is the final count.
And it’s not just in election coverage that this pointless construction pops up:
Final results for U.S. existing-home sales in 2007 — to be released later this month — are expected to be down 12.7 percent from 6.48 million in 2006, the group said.
Despite the final results of 2007, in announcing the Ravens would seek a new coach, owner Steve Bisciotti left the definite impression that he feels his team is closer to the top of the NFL dog pile than it is the bottom.
Final figures or numbers for home sales would be fine if it’s necessary to make a contrast with previously announced statistics, and the outcome of 2007 for the Ravens is a matter that requires no further elaboration.