Skip to comments.Alaska Primary Election Results Winner: Joe Miller Beats Lisa Murkowski?
Posted on 08/25/2010 12:44:16 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
In a shocking upset, Joe Miller is the winner of the Alaska Senate primary if the current vote projection holds for the Republican primary election. With half of the precincts reporting, Miller holds a slight 51.8 to 48.2% lead over the GOP incumbent senator. The vote lead has been consistent during the early counting and even increased slightly as more precincts have been counted in Alaska.
Joe Miller has been a heavy underdog in pre-election polls, trailing the senator by 20-30 points. Nobody thought this race would be close.
In fact, the mainstream media has been using the Alaska primary challenge from Miller as evidence that Sarah Palins endorsements are not all that useful. Palin endorsed Joe Miller several weeks ago. The press assumed that Lisa would beat Miller easily as the polls predicted, which fed a certain group-think that is comforting to liberals.
Even if the sitting senator manages to come back from the vote deficit, any victory for her will be razor thin. And that is appearing more and more unlikely as the evening progresses. In reality Palin is the most powerful voice in politics today. Her endorsements generate interest, campaign donations, grassroots support, and results at the ballot box.
The meme that Palin endorsements are irrelevant began surfacing in early August and became an oft repeated mantra by liberal television commentators in the mainstream media. If the Alaska senate results hold up for Joe Miller, the former governor of Alaska will have shut them up permanently.
Right Pundits will stay up late to give you the final Alaska primary results for Joe Miller just as soon as we can make an early call officially. We are almost there. Even as this brief piece was written, Joe Miller extended his lead slightly while more precincts in the state were counted. The winner of the Alaska primary appears to be Joe Miller, and Sarah Power will be undeniable even to her critics. We will make the call official soon, assuming it is warranted.
So what is known about Joe Millers biography? He has eight kids and a game wife named Kathleen Miller. He grew up in Kansas but moved west to Alaska at the age of 16. He holds a law degree and various positions of local authority in the judiciary, including that of U.S. Magistrate Judge in Fairbanks Alaska. He earned a Bronze Star for bravery in the Gulf War after graduating high in his class from West Point.
What an election result! Reader comments welcome.
Its Miller time!
“If the Alaska senate results hold up for Joe Miller, the former governor of Alaska will have shut them up permanently.”
I wouldn’t buy that. They’ll find some way to marginalize this, or just flat-out ignore Palin’s support for Miller.
In a shocking upset, Joe Miller is the winner of the Alaska Senate primary “if” the current vote projection holds for the Republican primary election.
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Looks like it’s going to hold!
Joe Miller has lead from the get go!
I will wait to WOO-HOO till it’s final.
I’m warming up my WOO HOO, but I’s gettins tireds. ;^)
Ummm....what's a "game wife"?
Happy Happy News.....
With 61% of the vote counted, Miller has 51.56% of the vote to Murkowski’s 48.54%. His lead actually declined slightly percentage wise when the last 40 precincts were reported. As best I can tell those precincts were from Sitka (6 or 7), Juneau (2), a bunch of Anchorage precincts, some from Mat-su, etc. The precinct numbers I’m looking at indicate that there are fewer than a dozen Anchorage precincts out. There are still a few precincts from the Mat Valley & Fairbanks to report, but they are mostly in.
However, there are still 43 out of 46 precincts left from House District 6 (Southeast) PLUS note the following outstanding precincts:
Kodiak: 4 of 14 have reported
Dillingham: 2 of 22 have reported
Bethel: 0 of 27 have reported
Nome: 3 of 27 have reported
Kotzebue: 1 of 21 has reported
All I’m saying is that like many Alaska races, this one isn’t over yet.
just thinking....are we returning to having real men in govt?......am so sick of the silly wimpy types...
Oh dear, I am so tired I’m slap happy. :^p
That’s some resume!
Gosh...I hope so!
Miller Holds Narrow Lead; Parnell Leads Field
Tue, August 24, 2010
Posted in Alaska News, Alaska Politics, Elections 2010
Joe Miller held a razor-thin lead over incumbent Senator Lisa Murkowski in the Republican primary late Tuesday evening.
Miller led the incumbent 51.47 pct (40,841) to 48.53 pct (38,507) with just more than 61.2 pct of the precincts counted.
A Miller victory would mirror other anti-incumbent wins around the country. The Murkowski-Miller race jumped into the national spotlight when Miller was endorsed by former Governor Sarah Palin.
I hope the lead holds. I guess we can count on a demand for a ‘recount’. If you recall, the last time the Dems lost an election in the North Pacific coast, they demand a recount and then ‘found’ the necessary votes in warehouse or two until they could claim victory.
You can sleep tomorrow. :)
That was in the general election, though. This is the primary.
BTW, Dino Rossi is giving Taliban Patty Murray a real run for her money!
Alaska GOP Sen. Murkowski in jeopardy
By LIZ SIDOTI
The Associated Press
Wednesday, August 25, 2010; 3:46 AM
WASHINGTON — Her re-election quest suddenly in jeopardy, Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski struggled to avoid becoming the latest incumbent lawmaker to be fired. She fought against a political novice with the backing of Sarah Palin and tea party activists in a stunningly tight Republican primary race.
With more than half of the precincts counted, little-known attorney Joe Miller, a decorated Gulf war veteran and self-described “constitutional conservative,” led 51 percent to 49 percent in contest that, in the end, amounted to an Alaska-sized GOP family feud.
That does make me feel good.
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