AP: Murkowski wins Alaska Senate race

posted at 3:35 pm on November 17, 2010 by Allahpundit

Miller’s vowing to rage against the dying of the light by demanding a hand recount of all ballots, but the numbers simply aren’t there. He trails by more than 10,000 votes with only 8,100 or so write-in ballots challenged plus another 600 overseas ballots to be counted. If he wins all the remaining absentees and succeeds on every challenged write-in — which he won’t — he still needs more than a thousand votes to switch during the hand recount.

I hate the result, but say this for Lila Mezvinsky: She did an amazing job educating her supporters on proper write-in procedures and turning them out on election day. No one’s won a write-in campaign for Senate in more than 50 years, and not only did she pull it off, she did it in Palin’s own backyard against a candidate she personally campaigned for. Reid’s win in Nevada hurt more, but this one is bitterly disappointing.

Her victory became clear when Alaska election officials confirmed they had only about 700 votes left to count, putting Murkowski in safe territory to win re-election.

Murkowski has a lead of about 10,000 votes, a total that includes 8,153 ballots in which Miller observers challenged over things like misspellings, extra words or legibility issues.

Murkowski is flying back to Alaska to address supporters, telling them that the campaign “made history.”

Because Miller’s not within half a point of victory, by state law he’d have to foot the bill for a recount. Is it really worth it at this point? As for Murkowski, I wonder if she’ll stick with the GOP or embrace her status as the new RINO messiah or whatever by going fully independent. If she takes the latter path — possibly to form the nucleus of a new independent Senate caucus with Snowe, Brown, etc, as I described once before — she’d instantly become a national figure. But then she’d also risk being stripped of her Energy Committee position by the GOP, and a senator who promised to bring home the pork to Alaska can’t afford that. The question is, in a chamber where you need 60 votes to pass something, who has more leverage here? McConnell and the GOP or Murkowski, who could threaten to vote with the Democrats if they dared take away her Energy assignment? There’s no happy ending to this one, I’m afraid.

Update: Fred Thompson, who supported Joe Miller in the race, says it’s time to call it a day.

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Reid’s win in Nevada hurt more, but this one is bitterly disappointing.

In Ohio & North Dakota we correct our mistakes; in Alaska, they re-elect them.

churchill995 on November 17, 2010 at 10:02 PM

Thankfully we got rid of Pomery. Conrad should be up next. Hopefully we’ll get rid of him, too.

BTW-my 0.02 here on AK:
From what I see AK still wants some pork. I see that mindset here in ND with lots of farmers.
Oh they’re socially conservative on a lot of levels, but when you threaten their pork (Farm payments) they get all bent outta shape & wanna vote Dem.
Berg who beat Pomeroy is an NDSU Ag grad & I think the farmers here are banking on him continuing the bacon roll.
I want to see the govt get out of the agriculture business & leave us all alone & enforce the laws on the books.
But I know that ain’t gonna happen.
Well AK-your pork may still not come.
You get what you deserve.
Sorry for the rest of you AK’s who didn”t sign up for this crap.

Badger40 on November 18, 2010 at 8:32 AM

It’ll be a Mexican standoff between the R’s and Merky. She needs to keep them happy and they need to put up with her. A marriage forced in political he!!.

Kissmygrits on November 18, 2010 at 9:05 AM

Thanks for the rino, Alaska! NOT!

vapig on November 18, 2010 at 9:09 AM


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