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Alaska Primary Election Results Winner: Joe Miller Beats Lisa Murkowski?
Right Pundits ^ | August 24th, 2010

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 Palin’s 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 Miller’s 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.


TOPICS: Alaska; Campaign News; Parties; U.S. Senate
KEYWORDS: 2010; 2012; alaska; joe; joemiller; lisamurkowski; miller; murkowski; palin; sarahpalin
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Preach it, Brother!
1 posted on 08/25/2010 12:44:21 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Its Miller time!


2 posted on 08/25/2010 12:48:32 AM PDT by HerrBlucher (In the White House the mighty White House the Liar sleeps tonight.............)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“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.


3 posted on 08/25/2010 12:48:52 AM PDT by MaritS
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To: 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.

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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.


4 posted on 08/25/2010 12:50:41 AM PDT by onyx (Sarah/Michele 2012)
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To: onyx

I’m warming up my WOO HOO, but I’s gettins tireds. ;^)


5 posted on 08/25/2010 12:53:54 AM PDT by Shelayne
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
He has eight kids and a game wife named Kathleen Miller.

Ummm....what's a "game wife"?

6 posted on 08/25/2010 12:56:00 AM PDT by jellybean (Bookmark http://altfreerepublic.freeforums.org/index.php for when FR is down)
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To: Shelayne

Happy Happy News.....


7 posted on 08/25/2010 12:57:21 AM PDT by cherry
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To: MaritS

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.


8 posted on 08/25/2010 12:57:40 AM PDT by SweetWilliamsMom
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To: jellybean

just thinking....are we returning to having real men in govt?......am so sick of the silly wimpy types...


9 posted on 08/25/2010 12:58:44 AM PDT by cherry
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To: jellybean

LOL.

Oh dear, I am so tired I’m slap happy. :^p


10 posted on 08/25/2010 12:59:40 AM PDT by Shelayne
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

That’s some resume!


11 posted on 08/25/2010 12:59:46 AM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: cherry
are we returning to having real men in govt?

Gosh...I hope so!

12 posted on 08/25/2010 12:59:51 AM PDT by jellybean (Bookmark http://altfreerepublic.freeforums.org/index.php for when FR is down)
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To: All; onyx

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.

http://aprn.org/2010/08/24/miller-holds-narrow-lead-parnell-leads-field/


13 posted on 08/25/2010 12:59:51 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I don't need a newspaper to know the world's been shaved by a drunken barber.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


14 posted on 08/25/2010 1:00:05 AM PDT by ransomnote
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To: Shelayne
Oh dear, I am so tired I’m slap happy. :^p

You can sleep tomorrow. :)

15 posted on 08/25/2010 1:01:56 AM PDT by jellybean (Bookmark http://altfreerepublic.freeforums.org/index.php for when FR is down)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
That is great news! I'm sure the Palin bashers will start chiming in soon. I really wanted JD Hayworth to win myself but I'm not going to hold it against her, that particular endorsement was a no-win situation for her.
16 posted on 08/25/2010 1:02:53 AM PDT by Nateman (If liberals are not screaming you are doing it wrong!)
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To: ransomnote

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!


17 posted on 08/25/2010 1:03:04 AM PDT by dixiechick2000 (Remember November...I can see it from my house!)
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To: jellybean
It is tomorrow.

*giggle*

18 posted on 08/25/2010 1:03:27 AM PDT by Shelayne
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To: All; Shelayne; onyx

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.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/25/AR2010082500727.html


19 posted on 08/25/2010 1:03:42 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I don't need a newspaper to know the world's been shaved by a drunken barber.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

That does make me feel good.


20 posted on 08/25/2010 1:04:05 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's "Economics In One Lesson.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

still sad news, almost HALf of all republicans support big government. It should be obvious Miller is the best choice for small government


21 posted on 08/25/2010 1:04:16 AM PDT by 4rcane
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To: MaritS

They will probably try to say that Palin’s support almost cost Miller the election.


22 posted on 08/25/2010 1:04:54 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's "Economics In One Lesson.")
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To: jellybean; cherry

It will be nice to have real men for a change.

I bet our extraordinary ladies are tired of taking up the slack. ;o)


23 posted on 08/25/2010 1:05:01 AM PDT by dixiechick2000 (Remember November...I can see it from my house!)
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To: jellybean

People shoot at her in the woods?


24 posted on 08/25/2010 1:05:44 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's "Economics In One Lesson.")
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To: 4rcane
Name recognition works sometimes. Ever seen The Distinguished Gentleman with Eddie Murphy?
25 posted on 08/25/2010 1:05:53 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I don't need a newspaper to know the world's been shaved by a drunken barber.)
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To: All

US SENATOR (R) REP
Total
Number of Precincts 438
Precincts Reporting 288 65.8 %
Times Counted 84674/487456 17.4 %
Total Votes 84035
Miller, Joe REP 43458 51.71%
Murkowski, Lisa REP 40577 48.29%


26 posted on 08/25/2010 1:06:31 AM PDT by ltc8k6
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To: dixiechick2000

;^)


27 posted on 08/25/2010 1:06:36 AM PDT by Shelayne
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Miller, Joe REP 43458 51.71%
Murkowski, Lisa REP 40577 48.29%
28 posted on 08/25/2010 1:06:49 AM PDT by American Dream 246 (Open your eyes. Freedom is not a one day fight. Enemies of Freedom are legion.)
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US SENATOR (R) REP
Total
Number of Precincts 438
Precincts Reporting 288 65.8 %
Times Counted 84674/487456 17.4 %
Total Votes 84035


Miller, Joe REP 43458 51.71%
Murkowski, Lisa REP 40577 48.29%


29 posted on 08/25/2010 1:06:49 AM PDT by Clyde5445 (Gov. Sarah Palin: :"You have to sacrifice to win. That's my philosophy in 6 words.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I wish Sarah endorsed J.D. Hayworth in Arizona, too. Grrr!


30 posted on 08/25/2010 1:06:53 AM PDT by johnthebaptistmoore (If leftist legislation that's already in place really can't be ended by non-leftists, then what?)
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To: ransomnote

These are two Republicans in a primary. They are not so slick at the recount game, even against each other. If Murkowski concedes Perhaps we should all send her flowers.


31 posted on 08/25/2010 1:08:43 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's "Economics In One Lesson.")
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To: Shelayne
It is tomorrow.

Yea...I realized that after I hit post! LOL

32 posted on 08/25/2010 1:08:56 AM PDT by jellybean (Bookmark http://altfreerepublic.freeforums.org/index.php for when FR is down)
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To: All; arthurus; onyx

They’re already throwing Gov. Huckabee into the mix to muddy the waters

Murkowski Would Add To Growing List of Fallen Incumbents

By Kyle Trygstad | August 25, 2010 3:46 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski is in danger of becoming the seventh Member of Congress to lose a primary this year, as she trails Republican challenger Joe Miller in Tuesday’s contest. Following Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) and Bob Bennett (R-Utah), Murkowski would be the third senator this cycle to lose, which is the highest total since 1980.

With 61 percent of precincts reporting, Miller led 51 percent to 49 percent, with just 2,300 votes separating the two.

“What’s the moose hunting like in the beltway,” Miller asked in a 3 a.m. EDT message on his Twitter page, when half of precincts were reporting and Miller was clinging to a close margin.

Most political observers were not expecting Miller to mount such a serious campaign against Murkowski, who holds a ten-to-one cash advantage. Plus, despite a dearth of polling on the race, the most recent primary poll showed Murkowski with at least a 30-point lead.

However, Miller had a couple powerful endorsements in his pocket, including former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

The race helped Alaska steal the show on a primary night that featured numerous competitive House races, Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) big victory and the often unpredictable Florida.

http://blogs.cqpolitics.com/eyeon2010/2010/08/murkowski-would-add-to-growing.html


33 posted on 08/25/2010 1:09:15 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I don't need a newspaper to know the world's been shaved by a drunken barber.)
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To: johnthebaptistmoore

The Presstitutes would’ve painted that as a backstabbing of the man that picked her for his running mate. Hell, there’s a major homosexual blogger who persists in saying her Down Syndrome boy is really her grandchild!!


34 posted on 08/25/2010 1:11:28 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I don't need a newspaper to know the world's been shaved by a drunken barber.)
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To: arthurus
People shoot at her in the woods?

LOL So he didn't win her in a game of some sort?

35 posted on 08/25/2010 1:13:41 AM PDT by jellybean (Bookmark http://altfreerepublic.freeforums.org/index.php for when FR is down)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

huckabee late endorsement was responsible for the 30 point turn around! Sarah, almost cost Miller the victory!


36 posted on 08/25/2010 1:14:34 AM PDT by 4rcane
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
that's ok if Miller wins Palin goes 6-0 for the night on her endorsements. If not she goes 5-1. either one destroys the narrative the MSM has been building since early aug.
37 posted on 08/25/2010 1:15:22 AM PDT by unseen1
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To: unseen1
that's ok if Miller wins Palin goes 6-0 for the night on her endorsements. If not she goes 5-1. either one destroys the narrative the MSM has been building since early aug.

And many of the PDS loons here.
38 posted on 08/25/2010 1:17:51 AM PDT by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the occupation media. There are Wars and Rumors of War.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Look at this story.

“Primary losses blunt Palin’s ‘mama grizzly’ claws
By PHILIP ELLIOTT (AP) – 5 days ago”
snip
“”I would expect Sarah’s going to be very embarrassed by the results Tuesday,” said Republican pollster Marc Hellenthal, who is not involved in the primary. “She’s been delivering everybody else’s state but she won’t be able to deliver her own.””


39 posted on 08/25/2010 1:18:35 AM PDT by ansel12
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; 3D-JOY; abner; Abundy; AGreatPer; Albion Wilde; AliVeritas; alisasny; ...
I'm callin' it for Joe.

Bye-Bye, Leeza! Don't let Alaska hit you in the @$$ on the way out!

PING!

40 posted on 08/25/2010 1:19:29 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Michelle Obama: the woman who ended "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.")
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To: arthurus
If Murkowski concedes Perhaps we should all send her flowers.

A bouquet of black roses, coming up!

41 posted on 08/25/2010 1:22:16 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Michelle Obama: the woman who ended "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Heck, that ain’t nuthin’.

There’s a good number of Louis Farrakhan followers who believe that he was beamed up into a UFO and taken to the mother ship, where the Late Elijah Mohamed spoke to him.

A lot of the people who believe this voted for Obama.

Go figure...

- JP


42 posted on 08/25/2010 1:25:18 AM PDT by Josh Painter ("Every time a Democrat mocks Sarah Palin, an independent gets its wings." - JP)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

No. I am serious and will maybe send her some kind of flowers if she concedes gracefully, assuming she does lose. It is less and less the way.


43 posted on 08/25/2010 1:27:48 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's "Economics In One Lesson.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It’s too damned bad about McCain.


44 posted on 08/25/2010 1:29:19 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's "Economics In One Lesson.")
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To: ansel12
Talking Points Memo
"Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has had plenty of successes this year, but might be about to rack up a big fail tonight as voters in her home state decide whether to oust Sen. Lisa Murkowski. There are few public polls for this race but operatives for both Republicans and Democrats tell TPM they expect Murkowski to prevail tonight by a wide margin."

The American Prospect

"When Joe Miller loses the primary today, hardly anyone in Alaska will be surprised that Palin's chosen candidate did poorly. Palin's influence in the state started to slip when she agreed to be John McCain's running mate in August 2008, and it only eroded further when she resigned as governor last July. Now, Palin is mostly a reality TV nuisance in the very state she's always gushing about. The Washington Post may track her every endorsement, but this summer the Anchorage Daily News published more items on bears and caribou (45) than it did on Palin and her family (39). If Alaskans aren't paying attention to her, why should anybody else?"

- JP

45 posted on 08/25/2010 1:30:30 AM PDT by Josh Painter ("Every time a Democrat mocks Sarah Palin, an independent gets its wings." - JP)
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To: Josh Painter

I just want to see their faces rubbed in it—like when a dog messes on the carpet.

It would be so enjoyable to watch.


46 posted on 08/25/2010 1:35:10 AM PDT by Shelayne
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To: ansel12

You folks should dismiss any verbage coming from the mainstream media about any of “Our” candidates or their supporters. They and the Democrat Party are in an absolute panic mode. Tonight the handwriting was clearly put up on the wall. Now, the Democrat Party had their opportunity to broom POTUS Obama and they nary lifted a finger. Now they can all go down to “Hell” with this anti-American, incompetent, buffoon and America destroyer. Folks, get out and vote on November 2, 2010 and destroy the entire Democrat Party at the polls. Every Democrat must be totally defeated and the Democrat Party destroyed as a political party!!!!


47 posted on 08/25/2010 1:37:29 AM PDT by JLAGRAYFOX
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To: johnthebaptistmoore

“I wish Sarah endorsed J.D. Hayworth in Arizona, too. Grrr!”

Besides returning the favor, I can’t help but wonder if there is something else...How was JD on Israel?


48 posted on 08/25/2010 1:37:59 AM PDT by FreeStateYank (I want my country and constitution back, now!)
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US SENATOR (R) REP
Total
Number of Precincts 438
Precincts Reporting 313 71.5 %
Times Counted 86278/487456 17.7 %
Total Votes 85632
Miller, Joe REP 44386 51.83%
Murkowski, Lisa REP 41246 48.17%


49 posted on 08/25/2010 1:38:07 AM PDT by ltc8k6
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To: FreeStateYank

mccain was dropping fast in the polls and hayworth was moving up. Then Palin stepped in and mccain stopped looking back


50 posted on 08/25/2010 1:40:27 AM PDT by 4rcane
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