Miller asks federal court to stop certification of Murkowski

posted at 10:50 am on November 19, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

It’s not over yet in Alaska, or so Joe Miller argued in federal court last night.  He filed a motion to an existing lawsuit to issue a temporary injunction against the state to stop it from certifying Lisa Murkowski as the winner in the Senate race, claiming that the state started counting the write-in ballots a week early, which left him unprepared to challenge ballots:

Miller’s lawsuit claims Alaska law requires voters to write in a candidate’s name as it appears on a declaration of candidacy, or the last name of the candidate, to cast valid ballots.

Alaska Lt. Gov. Craig Campbell, who oversees the Division of Elections, has said voter intent would drive acceptance of ballots and that previous court cases had supported that policy. Elections officials have credited Murkowski with ballots that contain minor misspellings.

Murkowski has a lead of about 10,400 votes. Miller had challenged 8,153 of the ballots counted for Murkowski, but he would still be behind even if he won every challenge.

However, Miller in an affidavit Thursday said the Division of Elections began its hand count of write-in ballots a week earlier than scheduled.

“Consequently, my campaign team and I were forced to pull together volunteer observers at the last minute, and did not have time to adequately and fully recruit and train them before counting began,” he said. “As a result, an indeterminate number of ballots with candidates’ names misspelled were counted without being challenged during the first several days of counting.”

Miller said he intends to request a re-count.

Alaska law certainly has a recount provision.  It shouldn’t take a federal judge to intercede on Miller’s behalf to get one.  Even assuming that every single challenge of Miller’s gets accepted, that still leaves a gap of about 1900 votes, many of which have been hand-counted in the presence of both campaigns and the state.  Recounts will rarely erase leads of that amount.

The claim that Miller wasn’t prepared to count write-in ballots seems rather strange as well.  Miller knew for weeks that Murkowski was mounting a write-in bid; his campaign repeatedly challenged the publication of a list of such candidates for voters at polling places.  Miller’s team also repeatedly insisted that they would challenge any ballot that didn’t exactly match Murkowski’s name.   That meant a certain necessity of a challenge squad capable of accomplishing the task if Murkowski got enough ballots to challenge Miller for the victory.  Are we to believe that Miller didn’t recruit and train people for that purpose until after the election?  Shouldn’t that have started in September?

Besides, the evidence suggests otherwise.  Murkowski got almost 93,000 write-in ballots, and Miller challenged over 10,000 of them (Murkowski didn’t defend just over 2,000 0f the challenged ballots).  That’s a pretty hefty percentage of the overall write-in ballots that Miller’s team managed to flag.

As far as the challenge on spelling, Miller may have the letter of the law on that issue, but realistically speaking, a judge isn’t going to strike a ballot when the intent is clear.  Yes, that’s judicial activism, and yes, I’d rather see judges stick to the law.  I’m not advocating this as a policy, but after watching recounts from Florida to Minnesota, in my experience that’s the reality that Miller has to face.  State judges are simply not going to ignore what appears to be obvious voter intent, and federal judges are even less likely to intercede in those decisions, seeing them (rightly) as state jurisdiction.  Without evidence of some massive conspiracy to throw the election, a federal challenge is almost certainly a Hail Mary.


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Why not make Murkowski work for it?

Dr Evil on November 19, 2010 at 10:52 AM

Let the law decide…

the_nile on November 19, 2010 at 10:53 AM

What we said about Al Franken. But the opposite.

YYZ on November 19, 2010 at 10:55 AM

In the primary, Republicans favored Miller and it was only Democrats and indpendents that put Daddy’s princess over the top. At the least, given her RINO credentials, she ought to declare herself an independent.

NNtrancer on November 19, 2010 at 10:56 AM

The gap is too big.

Time for Lizard Molochski to go back to sloppin’ the hogs.

Bummer, but I’m looking forward to not having to see her mug every day.

forest on November 19, 2010 at 10:57 AM

Catastrophe.

It’s over, Miller, let it go.

KinleyArdal on November 19, 2010 at 10:58 AM

This has just gotten embarrassing. Miller lost. And honestly, the way he’s acting, perhaps it’s better he lost. We may not like Murky all that much, but at least she’s predictable.

JetBoy on November 19, 2010 at 11:00 AM

Miller…isn’t it Miller time? You took a shot, Alaska has spoken, and they want the witch. Delaware on the other hand…

Electrongod on November 19, 2010 at 11:01 AM

Geez, talk about making a federal case out of something.

scalleywag on November 19, 2010 at 11:01 AM

Miller knew for weeks that Murkowski was mounting a write-in bid; his campaign repeatedly challenged the publication of a list of such candidates for voters at polling places.

He also knew for weeks the date that the counting of write-in votes would begin.

Getting his people to the location of the write-in counting isn’t as easy as driving from your house to St. Paul, Ed. In AK, getting to Juneau is mostly accomplished by airplane. Campbell changed the rules in the middle of the game.

Starting the counting early, before Miller’s people could get in place to make challenges, is like a judge starting a trial early, letting the prosecution examine witnesses before the jury without the defense counsel even being in the courtroom.

The process is tainted.

The Monster on November 19, 2010 at 11:01 AM

Why not? It worked for Al Franken. Murky needs to feel the pain and pay the price for being a sore loser.

Kafir on November 19, 2010 at 11:02 AM

Stick a fork in it…

Meanwhile, this needs a thorough indecent exposure airing out (expose the indecency of this abomination).

hillbillyjim on November 19, 2010 at 11:03 AM

I’m glad the guy didn’t win the senate. Obviously he doesn’t give a shit what the voters of alaska want, its all about him, his goals, his power.

Losing gracefully beats kicking and screaming any day. Even if I do like the guy’s politics.

triple on November 19, 2010 at 11:03 AM

This is starting to feel icky….a la AlGore in FL. Joe, let it go and work towards the next election.

search4truth on November 19, 2010 at 11:03 AM

As much as part of me wants him to hold on to any glimmer of hopes, we are not talking about a couple hundred vote margin in this case. Undoubtedly, Miller hates Murky and her gang and this is clouding his judgment. However, he is only extending her 15 minutes of fame. If she can gloat about her victory over Sarah and the Tea Party, the media has a microphone ready for her to spout her nonsense. I hate to say it, but he needs to concede.

mwbri on November 19, 2010 at 11:03 AM

Why not make Murkowski work for it?

Dr Evil on November 19, 2010 at 10:52 AM

Do you know whose money is being used to “make Murkowski work for it?” Donations made to Miller, the NRSC and the RNC. Don’t you think those funds could be better spent elsewhere?

Moreover, shouldn’t conservatives oppose frivolous law suits? That taxpayer funded court & judge could be handling another, more pressing case, rather than wasting time with a lost cause.

Murkowski isn’t ideal, but she will (and has) voted with us 80% of the time. Let this go.

Trent1289 on November 19, 2010 at 11:04 AM

Elsewhere I’ve read that some precincts had 100% voter turnout and that many of the write-in votes appear to be have written in the same handwriting. If that’s true, Miller needs to fight to the bitter end. Americans can’t role over and allow Senate seats to be stolen by establishment stooges. Nor should Alaskans have to wonder if their senator actually won the election. If Murkowski won it fair and square, so be it. But she should not take office until that is proven definitively.

flyfisher on November 19, 2010 at 11:06 AM

discretion is the better part of valor, Joe. Let’s cease fire, regroup, and stubby pencil this thing a bit more.

ted c on November 19, 2010 at 11:06 AM

but realistically speaking, a judge isn’t going to strike a ballot when the intent is clear. Yes, that’s judicial activism, and yes, I’d rather see judges stick to the law.

So basically you’re asking him to do now what she wouldn’t after the primary loss: bow out gracefully even though they are legal options left for a path to victory.

LastRick on November 19, 2010 at 11:07 AM

Murky needs to feel the pain and pay the price for being a sore loser.

That price being what? Winning?

YYZ on November 19, 2010 at 11:07 AM

triple on November 19, 2010 at 11:03 AM

You forgot your /irony tag.

LastRick on November 19, 2010 at 11:08 AM

Let me add that Couric never had Murky on her must interview list until she was doing an midfield dance on the Tea Party and Sarah Palin logos.

mwbri on November 19, 2010 at 11:08 AM

I’m not too bothered by Miller using the law to thoroughly examine the record in this election and make certain that his disgusting opponent won fairly. That’s the law.

But if she won this thing, I certainly hope he will promptly concede and acknowledge that result, and not squander his future electability. It would seem that Mazurski’s patronage army effectively joined with crossover Democrats and other pirates to defeat his GOP candidacy, and I hope all involved learn something valuable from it.

Jaibones on November 19, 2010 at 11:08 AM

Maybe the Alaskan Voter had a better feel for this than many think and chose wisely.

In any event, it’s time their wishes were honored. Time for the Unshaven One to let it go.

The Chewbacca Defense on November 19, 2010 at 11:08 AM

My only problem is the “letter of the law”. If the law says what it says, it should be enforced. Period.

Yeah, I get the whole ‘intent’ argument, but what matters intent if the LAW isn’t going to be enforced? Couldn’t intent then be a defense or excuse againstANY law? Isn’t it being done in many areas of law now? Isn’t that one of the biggest problems with the system as it is?

If you are going to have the law, enforce it. If the law doesn’t matter, get rid of it instead or skirting around it and in the process, demeaning the entire system.

catmman on November 19, 2010 at 11:11 AM

These tea party candidates are so crazy. How crazy? They actually expect the law to be followed. Talk about kooks.

angryed on November 19, 2010 at 11:11 AM

So if I get a speeding ticket for going 80 in a 60 zone, can my defence be that I intended to drive 60 but my foot slipped and the car went 80 instead? There’s really no difference between that and the intent to write in Lisa Murcowski but writing in Leeza Moorowski.

angryed on November 19, 2010 at 11:13 AM

Recounts will rarely erase leads of that amount.

Senator Al Franken…..

Wine_N_Dine on November 19, 2010 at 11:13 AM

Don’t know if it’s true of not but there are alligations of voter fraud. Some claim they voted early (e.g. were 10th in line and the machine they deposited their ballot into indicated that several hundred votes had been cast.

Remember the Murkowskis are the most corrupt family in a state known for political corruption. Lisa didn’t go away quietly so why should Joe?

bw222 on November 19, 2010 at 11:13 AM

I think Miller should drag this on as long as it takes. If he believes there has been massive cheating somewhere, lets find out. Personally the longer the old bat has to wait for her spoils the better.

sandee on November 19, 2010 at 11:15 AM

The process is tainted.

The Monster on November 19, 2010 at 11:01 AM

Yep.

While coaching a Youth League football team, I had a game where the starters’ van made it to the field in plenty of time, but mine didn’t arrive until 15 minutes before game time. Imagine my consternation to find they had started the game without me, 30 minutes before the scheduled start time.

Playing under protest wasn’t nearly satisfying enough in response to such hillbilly antics.

A US Senate campaign for the state of Alaska? Just more hillbilly-ism.

If that’s the mentality up there, no wonder Lisa is so valuable to them all.

rwenger43 on November 19, 2010 at 11:20 AM

Why are Republicans so quick to roll over? Miller gains nothing by being a good loser in this situation. He has no other office to go back to and given the way this election unfolded, little indication he’ll ever run again. He may as well get a little sore and I see nothing wrong with dragging out Lsia’s coronation if there’s a chance she won’t get it. As I said last night, I’ll send him a few bucks for the recount just to make her life harder.

alwaysfiredup on November 19, 2010 at 11:21 AM

I think he’s being stubborn as heck and as big of a sore loser as Lisa was in the primary.

AnninCA on November 19, 2010 at 11:25 AM

While most of us here at HotAir agree that Murkowski’s running a write-in campaign after losing the primary looked like the reactions of Daddy’s spoiled brat, what she did was LEGAL and she won fair and square. She promised Alaska pork with her 8 years of Senate seniority, and Alaskan voters bought it. Blaming the voters didn’t work for Obama, but it won’t work for Miller either.

Miller needs to face facts–he doesn’t have the votes, and he lost. He needs to man up, stop being a Sore Loserman, and concede, otherwise he will be a pariah and a laughingstock for all future elections. When Republicans look for a candidate to take out Begich in 2014, will they still want Miller after all this nonsense?

Miller also needs to think beyond his own bruised ego, for the people of Alaska. Lisa Murkowski is the incumbent Senator, and one of 42 Republicans in the lame-duck Senate. She needs to get back to DC and be available to filibuster all the dangerous bills that the nothing-to-lose Democrats will try to shove down our throats before Christmas, and keeping her in Alaska fighting ballot challenges makes their job easier.

Steve Z on November 19, 2010 at 11:26 AM

In the primary, Republicans favored Miller and it was only Democrats and indpendents that put Daddy’s princess over the top. At the least, given her RINO credentials, she ought to declare herself an independent.

NNtrancer on November 19, 2010

Sure, they’ll be hundreds of times in the next 6 years when we’ll need her vote, but why worry about that when you can wrap yourself in a blanket of sweet, sweet purity.

BuzzCrutcher on November 19, 2010 at 11:27 AM

I can’t stand her – make her own every vote. That hag lost in the primary and was classless enough to say scr#w you to the people of Alaska.

On the other hand – I hate you Alaska for saddling us this hag!

vapig on November 19, 2010 at 11:29 AM

She needs to get back to DC and be available to filibuster all the dangerous bills that the nothing-to-lose Democrats will try to shove down our throats before Christmas …

Steve Z on November 19, 2010 at 11:26 AM

What makes you think she’d vote to filibuster? She’s besties with Obama now and hates the Tea Party, remember?

alwaysfiredup on November 19, 2010 at 11:29 AM

If there were shenanigans, and there may have been, then let’s get to the bottom of it.

All you people who want to give up now, you won’t feel that way if there were real fraud and tampering going on here, would you?

Doesn’t hurt to find out once and for all.

Brian1972 on November 19, 2010 at 11:30 AM

It’s over Joe. You’re at the point of embarrassing yourself now.

JohnGalt23 on November 19, 2010 at 11:30 AM

Sure, they’ll be hundreds of times in the next 6 years when we’ll need her vote, but why worry about that when you can wrap yourself in a blanket of sweet, sweet purity.

BuzzCrutcher on November 19, 2010 at 11:27 AM

They. Won’t. Get. Her. Vote. We ought to be treating her like a Dem because that’s how she’s going to vote when times get tough. She IS Arlen Specter.

alwaysfiredup on November 19, 2010 at 11:30 AM

Sure, they’ll be hundreds of times in the next 6 years when we’ll need her vote, but why worry about that when you can wrap yourself in a blanket of sweet, sweet purity.

BuzzCrutcher on November 19, 2010 at 11:27 AM

That is assuming that there wasn’t any widespread cheating.

Brian1972 on November 19, 2010 at 11:31 AM

Recounts will rarely erase leads of that amount.

Senator Al Franken…..

On election night, Coleman led Franken by a little over 200 votes.

YYZ on November 19, 2010 at 11:31 AM

What happened to the America that loved the bottom of the ninth, two out, two strikes? Hit or miss on the next pitch and everyone went home.

We are now sore losers.

Limerick on November 19, 2010 at 11:33 AM

On one side: faithful adherence to the law as written.
On the other side: Alaskans clearly wanted to be represented by their Nepotistic, pork-loving Lisa.

Count to 10 on November 19, 2010 at 11:34 AM

Don’t know if it’s true of not but there are alligations of voter fraud. Some claim they voted early (e.g. were 10th in line and the machine they deposited their ballot into indicated that several hundred votes had been cast.

bw222 on November 19, 2010 at 11:13 AM

I’ve read that allegation, and many others. And as I said above, there are also allegations that many of the write-ins ballots were written in the same handwriting. If these things are true, and if Joe Miller believes they can be proven, he should keep fighting, even if the GOP won’t support his effort.

flyfisher on November 19, 2010 at 11:36 AM

Do you know whose money is being used to “make Murkowski work for it?” Donations made to Miller, the NRSC and the RNC. Don’t you think those funds could be better spent elsewhere?

Trent1289 on November 19, 2010 at 11:04 AM

I do think those funds could be better spent elsewhere, but I also think that the NRSC nad RNC proved during this election cycle that they aren’t capable of making that decision.

TugboatPhil on November 19, 2010 at 11:39 AM

This thing is, unfortunately, over.

Now if Joe has a substantial fraud case, he needs to prove it quick time before a court and get it out to the press in a way the public can understand.

Right now, he looks like Sore Loserman.

victor82 on November 19, 2010 at 11:40 AM

Couldn’t intent then be a defense or excuse againstANY law? Isn’t it being done in many areas of law now? Isn’t that one of the biggest problems with the system as it is?

If you are going to have the law, enforce it. If the law doesn’t matter, get rid of it instead or skirting around it and in the process, demeaning the entire system.

catmman on November 19, 2010 at 11:11 AM

Not so much as a defense as it is with what you’re charged with. Intent figures in mightily when determing if a crime was murder or manslaughter. But someone is still dead.

But my advice to Joe is this: You had a good run. See ya next time.

BobMbx on November 19, 2010 at 11:41 AM

I want to see the dirty, seamy underbelly of union political machinery in Alaska. The exact same people who cheat for Dems in other states cheated for Lisa in Alaska. If we uncover it there, real honest-to-goodness voter fraud, that will help make the voter fraud case nationally. Go Joe go!

alwaysfiredup on November 19, 2010 at 11:41 AM

Let it go, Joe. This is getting sad

Lehosh on November 19, 2010 at 11:43 AM

They. Won’t. Get. Her. Vote. We ought to be treating her like a Dem because that’s how she’s going to vote when times get tough. She IS Arlen Specter.

alwaysfiredup on November 19, 2010

You know this how? Her voting record isn’t great, but it’s pretty good. Alaska is a conservative (if pork-loving) state, and she would have a tough time getting re-elected in 6 years if she moves too far to the left. Of course, if we start treating her like a Dem that may become a self-fulfilling prophesy

BuzzCrutcher on November 19, 2010 at 11:45 AM

Why are Republicans so quick to roll over?
alwaysfiredup on November 19, 2010 at 11:21 AM

Republicans apparently are more interested in preening, and maintaining appearances than actually winning. It’s nice to see a Republican “fight to the last” for a change. We certainly won’t see that with the Beltway Boys in Congress. Boehner, Cornyn, and the rest of the Beltway Boys are already calling for realistic thinking and bi-partisan efforts. It’s sad, but predictable, to see them surrender before even walking on the field in 2011. Cornyn wanted Murkowski, now he’s likely got her. Miller doesn’t have to concede yet because it’s not over until all possible avenues have been exhausted.
Unless we’re willing to fight harder than our opposition, we better get comfortable socialism and accept the decline of America.

Perfesser on November 19, 2010 at 11:45 AM

Murkowski is scum, and those who support her are self-interested scum. She lost her Party primary. The majority of HER OWN PARTY members in Alaska said, “no thanks, we don’t want you anymore.” But she’s a power hungry Moll for her dad’s machine interests and ran a write-in campaign, the rules of which she got altered to allow her in past the standard filing date, IIRC. Oh, and after she lost the GOP primary she played that whole political game tacking back and forth between Libertarian and Independent. She couldn’t sell herself as a Libertarian, so she went “Independent” and tried to pretend that the will of her Party really wasn’t the will of her Party, all those sheeple had been misled by the eeeeeevvvvillll Tea Party. She ran left to get Union and Green support, ran to her Daddy’s business and political friends for their support. She’s transparently interested in power, power, power. So fight this nasty POS with all your resources, Joe!

EasyEight on November 19, 2010 at 11:46 AM

As far as the challenge on spelling, Miller may have the letter of the law on that issue, but realistically speaking, a judge isn’t going to strike a ballot when the intent is clear.

NO! We cannot have ANY “intent of the voter” crap in our election system, PERIOD! If you cannot vote properly, too bad. Figure it out, it ain’t hard. Be informed, follow instructions, cast a legal and proper ballot. Any divination of intent is fraught with fraud and abuse and cannot be allowed. The law is the law. Follow it!!!

EasyEight on November 19, 2010 at 11:49 AM

Go for it, Joe. GOPers always lose elections cuz they don’t fight to the bitter end. Tie her up in court and frustrate her. Make her pay the price for reneging on her promise to support the winner of the primary. Go for the recount and fight so that the court honors the clear letter of the law.

SilentWatcher on November 19, 2010 at 11:49 AM

Time for Miller to be the bigger man and do what she would not; accept the will of the people.

TheBigOldDog on November 19, 2010 at 12:11 PM

If Murkowski can be defeated in a primary and still get elected, then I see no reason why Miller can’t lose the election and then contest the results for as long as he cares to.

Apparently there is a fine line between having a right fighting spirit and being a sore loser. Why shouldn’t Miller press on? There comes a time when the only people “being better than that” and following Robert’s Rules of Order are the losers.

Aitch748 on November 19, 2010 at 12:16 PM

I thought I heard Miller say on Cavuto that there are also 8000 absentee ballots that have not been counted either…

I am pulling for Miller…I hope he doesn’t give up.

djn on November 19, 2010 at 12:28 PM

I’m not in the head of Miller…but it could be more about precidence than winning the election. If we allow the rules to change regardless of law than why do we pass laws?

lwssdd on November 19, 2010 at 12:36 PM

Alaskans deserve her.

Schadenfreude on November 19, 2010 at 12:48 PM

Meanhile, Shanyn Moore, of all people, at Huff Po, of all plaves, the tainted Diebold machines, and the Native owned, at least on paper, election security company.

bigmike on November 19, 2010 at 12:52 PM

It’s over Joe. Go out with class while you still can.

bernzright777 on November 19, 2010 at 1:05 PM

New Reports of Ballot Stuffing, Native Voter Fraud in Alaskan Senate Race

The Joe Miller for Senate campaign has released new affidavits swearing that Lisa Murkowski’s write-in campaign is benefiting from voter fraud. A notarized affidavit sworn on November 1 by a voter at Sand Lake Elementary School states when voting began, “there was already a stack of ballots in the box which in my opinion numbered in the hundreds.” The voter adds the ballots “were very neatly stacked and approximately 4 to 5 inches thick.” The affidavit adds this occurred at 7:00 a.m., and the voter was the tenth voter at that location.
A second affidavit, filed by election observer Elva G. Bettine, states write-in ballots from the Cordova and Angoon precincts seemed to have been filled in by one person. Bettine swore, “It appeared to me that the name ‘Lisa Murkowski’ that was written on many of these ballots was written by the same person.” This allegation lends credence to a previous allegations of “villages using one person to vote or fill in the write-in for several hundred people”. Some Native villages supported “write-in” over Joe Miller by margins of 120-0.

The new revelation echoes another allegation involving that election officials may have stuffed an unsecured ballot box.

It is well-known that a federal contractor was caught on tape encouraging his employees to vote for Murkowski. The state Republican establishment seems eager to aid the Murkowski camp, counting votes based on “voter intent,” in violation of state law — which the U.S. Constitution sets as the lone standard in elections. Pictures of state officials — many of them with deep ties to the Murkowski family — rifling through votes to divine the voter’s intentions resemble similar images from Florida’s 2000 presidential election.

http://floydreports.com/new-reports-of-ballot-stuffing-native-voter-fraud-in-alaskan-senate-race/

Jayrae on November 19, 2010 at 1:06 PM

Voter intent in a secret election becomes very hard to discern without the intent of the official determining intent coming into play. I suspect that thought is the kernel in the Alaskan law requiring an exact rendering of the last name for a write-in.

unclesmrgol on November 19, 2010 at 1:26 PM

You go, Joe! If Murky was unscrupulous enough to go back on her word on supporting the republican candidate when she lost the primary and allowing her opportunism and the democrat write-in trolls to corrupt the outcome then Joe should leave no stone unturned to make this woman’s life miserable. And if she manages to sleaze her way back in when all is said and done, then I hope Joe Miller still remains an outspoken, vocal, and prominent figure to haunt this woman as long as she remains in politics. Another “Joe the plumber”.

mozalf on November 19, 2010 at 1:42 PM

Give it up,Joe–and stand a little closer to the razor next time.

DDT on November 19, 2010 at 2:01 PM

What makes this country great is the loser doesn’t start a war, or claim the election is illegal, when he/she loses.

I believed that in bush/gore and i believe it now.

triple on November 19, 2010 at 2:15 PM

I wanna say:
“Stop Joe, you’re embarrassing yourself now.”

But then Murkoski opens her mouth and and makes be wanna cheer for you.

“GO JOE GO!”

Trov on November 19, 2010 at 2:38 PM

Miller shouldn’t concede until he’s verified that the votes for Muskoxi were all cast legally. This is the only time when such an effort can be made meaningfully. If you wait until she’s seated before demanding an examination, then there’s little point.

And if that makes Muskoxi’s life just a little bit miserable, my heart bleeds.

tom on November 19, 2010 at 2:46 PM

The Monster on November 19, 2010 at 11:01 AM

I’m inclined to let the people on the ground who have more exposure to the issues make the calls without interference. Particularly since there’s an intermediate layer of untrustworthy media trying to throw dust in the eyes of everyone on the outside, while chanting “Lisa, Lisa, Lisa!”

cthulhu on November 19, 2010 at 3:34 PM

Activists: Concede Bean/Etheridge! You lost! Concede!
Same Activists: Tie it up in the courts for months, Joe! Never concede!

Seriously, that Floyd Reports site is a joke. They published earlier, easily disproved claims about ballots being counted for Murkowski. There are no precincts with 100% turnout — all precinct by precinct info is available on the AK website for this election. The highest turnout was 71%. Most were 40%.

As for some Native precincts voting 100% for Murkowski, also not surprising given the nasty words Miller had for native tribes in the campaign. Those tribes have a long history of making decisions as an entire tribe and therefore were left with a choice of either Murkowski or McAdams.

AngusMc on November 19, 2010 at 3:58 PM

It’s what the voter wants…not what Lisa or Joe want…sorry Joe but they want Lisa.

right2bright on November 19, 2010 at 4:44 PM

It’s what the voter wants…not what Lisa or Joe want…sorry Joe but they want Lisa.

right2bright on November 19, 2010 at 4:44 PM

If they find that a couple thousand of those voters who “wanted Lisa” were actually manufactured votes?

The write-in vote thing is really strange. Most write-in campaigns get a few percent of voters at best. Muskoxi got about 40%. Can all that be attributed to having a very serious political machine in place to manage the write-in vote? Would such a powerful political machine resort to stuffing ballot boxes?

I don’t have enough evidence to charge voter fraud. Miller claims to have the evidence. Maybe he’s just being a sore loser, but he seems to think he’s got a shot. And even if he still loses the election, if he manages to expose some corruption in the process, I’d call it a win.

tom on November 19, 2010 at 6:02 PM

If only Norm Coleman had had as much determination, Al Frankenstein might not be a senator today.

leftnomore on November 19, 2010 at 7:28 PM