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Murkowski Pulls Ahead In Senate Race
KTUU.com ^ | November 15, 2010

Posted on 11/15/2010 7:54:11 PM PST by Southnsoul

Lisa Murkowski has officially pulled ahead in the race to be Alaska's next senator.

The latest numbers from Juneau show Joe Miller with 90,458 votes. That includes 10 write-ins credited to him.

The Division of Elections has counted 92,164 votes to Lisa Murkowski.

That number includes 7,601 votes challenged by the Miller campaign.

Ballot counting is finished for Monday.

Elections workers and volunteers will return Tuesday and continue to pore over ballots. Lt. Gov. Craig Campbell says that could continue likely until the end of the week.

Absentee votes represent the last big batch of outstanding ballots from the Nov. 2 election.

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1 posted on 11/15/2010 7:54:15 PM PST by Southnsoul
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To: Southnsoul

Very sad. Another stinkin cheat and crook.

She will be another Arlen Spector.


2 posted on 11/15/2010 7:55:56 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Southnsoul
What a, um, surprise
3 posted on 11/15/2010 7:59:06 PM PST by montag813 (http://www.facebook.com/StandwithArizona)
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To: freekitty

This is good news. He’s still got all the military ballots.


4 posted on 11/15/2010 7:59:50 PM PST by BenKenobi (Don’t worry about being effective. Just concentrate on being faithful to the truth.)
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To: Southnsoul

If there were enough ballots misspelled then Joe should continue with his lawsuit.


5 posted on 11/15/2010 8:00:22 PM PST by Revel
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To: freekitty
Naw, another Babs Mikulski, only a little different. Mikulski is friendlier

Anyone know if Mikulski means something different than Murkowski? Sounds like a difference in regional dialects and nothing more ~ we need a slavic language specialist on the scene to translate these names.

6 posted on 11/15/2010 8:01:44 PM PST by muawiyah (GIT OUT THE WAY ~ REPUBLICANS COMIN' THROUGH)
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To: Southnsoul

This one really gets me. How can anyone do what she did and call herself a winner? She is a disgrace and the epitome of what we all hate in politics. I sure am hoping for a miracle....I couldnt stand to see her accept this stolen race and act like a winner. Shows what money and the need for power does to people.


7 posted on 11/15/2010 8:02:01 PM PST by Texas4ever (God is in control!)
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To: Southnsoul

http://www.elections.alaska.gov/results/10GENR

Updated results here. Not looking good at all. Apparently the military/overseas ballots will not put Miller over, barring a miracle. They don’t expect those ballots to amount to as many as 1000 total. And if they did and they were all for Miller, it wouldn’t be enough. And if they were enough, Democrats know how to steal or invalidate military ballots. It’s their specialty.


8 posted on 11/15/2010 8:02:25 PM PST by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (Starve the beast. Save the liver!)
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To: Southnsoul

Ahead by 1,700 but 7,000 ballots are in dispute and Military ballots have not been counted. Looks like a close one.


9 posted on 11/15/2010 8:03:25 PM PST by icwhatudo ("laws requiring compulsory abortion could be sustained under the existing Constitution"Obama Adviser)
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To: icwhatudo

That’s the only hope, the disputed ballots and he should fight. He will need our help. I am willing to donate. This is just wrong.


10 posted on 11/15/2010 8:05:00 PM PST by Texas4ever (God is in control!)
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To: Southnsoul

Lisa Murkowski won’t survive for long... She may have her win here (and be despised by most Americans) but she seems to be able to gain another 6 years due to her local corrupt Republican party. This is a short term win for her, but a long term loss for Alaska.

I really hope that she is shunned and despised in Congress - after all, she is just another example of those that claim exemptions to the process.

If anyone needs some ruthless wakening up, it is she...


11 posted on 11/15/2010 8:05:17 PM PST by Deagle
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To: 668 - Neighbor of the Beast

What a totally dispicable lady! Gosh I hope sara has a go at her soon!


12 posted on 11/15/2010 8:09:50 PM PST by magna carta
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To: icwhatudo

Are they done counting the write-ins?


13 posted on 11/15/2010 8:10:54 PM PST by Tribune7 (The Democrat Party is not a political organization but a religious cult.)
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To: Tribune7

Count to be completed by end of the week.


14 posted on 11/15/2010 8:14:05 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter ( Sarah Palin - For such a time as this...)
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To: gov_bean_ counter

So it looks like Miller will down 13,000 or so not counting challenges before the absentee counting starts?


15 posted on 11/15/2010 8:22:38 PM PST by Tribune7 (The Democrat Party is not a political organization but a religious cult.)
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To: Southnsoul

These numbers and comments don’t make sense to me, and whoever wrote the articles in Alaska knows how to be about as clear as mud.

Comparing the numbers from the close of the day Sunday to the close of day Monday, Murkowski gained 6,408 votes and Miller gained 2,941 votes.

IOW 9,341 votes counted on Monday.

Now what ballots are those? Are those absentee ballots, and over twice as many people voted for Murkowski before she had even said she was running a write-in campaign? That doesn’t make sense to me.

How many absentee ballots were sent out? How many were received? How many may still come in? How many have been counted?

Those are the facts that a good report should include, but neither of the articles I read gave any of those details. If somebody knows the facts and could fill me in, that would be great.


16 posted on 11/15/2010 8:30:12 PM PST by butterdezillion (.)
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To: Southnsoul

If they are done with the write-ins, this is about as good a news as could be expected.

The remaining votes should include more Miller votes than Murkowski votes, so he should make up a few hundred.

In the end, the question is how many of the challenged votes are validly challenge.

We know that there are some that are silly challenges, like if the name was cursively spelled, or the voter included “republican” at the end, or put a comma between the first and last name.

There are others that are serious challenges, where the name is scribble and they are assuming it was murkowski.

In the middle are lots of intermediate errors, bad spellings, etc.

If the court went by the strict rules of the law, my guess is Miller would come out ahead.


17 posted on 11/15/2010 8:31:34 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Southnsoul

This was posted yesterday:

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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2627251/posts

However, officials still have to count about 40,000 absentee ballots this week, according to the Alaska Division of Elections Director Gail Fenumiai. That figure includes several thousand absentee ballots with write-in votes that have not been counted yet.


18 posted on 11/15/2010 8:40:04 PM PST by Outlaw Woman (No Compromise!)
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To: Southnsoul

If there are 40,000 absentee ballots left to count...it looks like Miller has a decent chance of pulling this out. That is if the absentee ballots haven’t been tampered with in some way. Is it true that Murkowski is not on the absentee ballots?


19 posted on 11/15/2010 8:44:27 PM PST by Outlaw Woman (No Compromise!)
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To: Southnsoul

I wonder what happened here..Miller beat her fair and square. Did some of those conservatives who voted for him now switch their vote for her rather than vote for Miller? This does not make a lot of sense to me...Something is fishy.


20 posted on 11/15/2010 8:46:54 PM PST by celtic gal
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To: Deagle

she will probably win and then caucus with the Dems..how is that for rich!


21 posted on 11/15/2010 8:49:12 PM PST by celtic gal
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To: Southnsoul

Well, if she has pulled ahead then I guess it’s time to stop counting.....


22 posted on 11/15/2010 8:50:33 PM PST by TexasNative2000 (Uncertainty: it's the new normal)
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To: celtic gal

I don’t like what Murkowski did, I even find her look offensive she looks like a nasty witch.

But I don’t understand all the posts about her stealing the election. Obviously, a lot of people wrote her name in. Miller will have his challenges but if she got more votes she got more votes.


23 posted on 11/15/2010 8:54:10 PM PST by Williams (It's the policies, stupid.)
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To: Southnsoul

Is anyone going to check if any of the write in ballots bear the same handwriting?


24 posted on 11/15/2010 8:55:53 PM PST by TheThinker (Communists: taking over the world one kooky doomsday scenario at a time.)
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To: celtic gal

She’s so despised I’d just as soon she went ahead and changed parties. But she won’t...she knows she’ll have more leverage as a RINO.


25 posted on 11/15/2010 8:56:25 PM PST by clintonh8r ("Let them eat lobster cake." Michele Antoinette, vacation #6.)
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To: Williams

It’s the corruption of the Republican Party in Alaska. They would not accept the Primary election and backed the loser. This is because they were about to lose their pork and main backer. It has everything to do with corruption...


26 posted on 11/15/2010 8:57:25 PM PST by Deagle
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To: celtic gal

Actually, I hope she does! At least it will show her true leanings...


27 posted on 11/15/2010 8:58:18 PM PST by Deagle
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To: Williams
But I don’t understand all the posts about her stealing the election. Obviously, a lot of people wrote her name in. Miller will have his challenges but if she got more votes she got more votes.

It's very difficult to win as a write in as opposed to someone already on the ballot. You have to remember that Miller beat Murkowski in the primary. Something seems fishy and I'm sure many Democrats voted for Murkowski and with Democrats comes the distinct possibility of vote fraud.

Note as well that Murkowski wants the write-in ballots judged a different way than how she proposed in the campaign.

28 posted on 11/15/2010 9:00:45 PM PST by TheThinker (Communists: taking over the world one kooky doomsday scenario at a time.)
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To: freekitty
Very sad. Another stinkin cheat and crook

Hey, cheer up. It's only a senate seat and possibly the future a free American society at stake, another check to the Democrats and John McCain.

29 posted on 11/15/2010 9:04:12 PM PST by TheThinker (Communists: taking over the world one kooky doomsday scenario at a time.)
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To: muawiyah
You called?

Both Mikulski and Murkowski are Polish origin of course.

I believe Mikulski is based on "Mikula", which is a regional pronunciation of "Nicholas". It is possible that Murkowski is based on the word "murka", meaning a cat. Either that, or there is a small village Murkowo somewhere. Bur the names are definitely from different sources.

30 posted on 11/15/2010 9:15:06 PM PST by wildandcrazyrussian
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To: TheThinker

It’s called political corruption at the worst! It seems that in Alaska, you not only have to vote them out, but you have to drive a stake into their heart if you actually expect to win.


31 posted on 11/15/2010 9:22:44 PM PST by Deagle
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To: Southnsoul
Joe Miller has 90,458 votes with none (zero) disputed and
Lisa Mircowskee has 92,164 votes which includes 7,601 votes contested or challenged.

Thus, Merekawchi has currently a 1,706 vote advantage over Joe Miller including the 7,601 contested write-in votes.

If 4,706 of Myrkowpsychi's votes are invalidated as not meeting the standard, then Joe Miller would be 3,000 votes ahead.

Of course all of this may be moot if the article got it wrong and Lisa Mirshecow leads without the contested 7,601 votes. Then Joe Miller would require a very big push from the remaining absentee and military ballots.

32 posted on 11/15/2010 9:22:49 PM PST by RileyD, nwJ (proud husband, father, and grandfather)
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To: Outlaw Woman

Many of those have been counted, on election night the totals were 81,000+ to 69,500, so Joe has received about 21,000 absentee votes and Write In about 19,000.


33 posted on 11/15/2010 9:39:43 PM PST by Steelers6
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To: Steelers6

Politico just published that article...Why is the number of 40,000 uncounted ballots used and where did they get their information.

I thought I read earlier that there were 8000+ absentee ballots had been counted but this 40000 is above that. Then the military vote is going to be counted the 17th.

I don’t know, but in light of all this, it would seem Miller still has a good shot. Do you know how the absentee ballots are set up? Is it just Miller & the dem on them?


34 posted on 11/15/2010 9:52:49 PM PST by Outlaw Woman (No Compromise!)
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To: 668 - Neighbor of the Beast

“And if they were enough, Democrats know how to steal or invalidate military ballots. It’s their specialty.”

Lisa is technically not a Democrat.


35 posted on 11/15/2010 10:18:47 PM PST by ari-freedom (Islam is at war against America, while America is at the mall.)
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To: Steelers6

The articles say that the count of absentee ballots was only going to begin on Monday. Going by the totals as of close of day on Sunday and close of day Monday, Murkowski got 6,408 votes added Monday and Miller got 2,941 added Monday - which is a total of 9,349 votes added Monday. That’s nowhere near the 40,000 absentee votes said to exist.

The reporting on this is really, really pathetic. Almost as if they’re trying to keep things unclear.


36 posted on 11/15/2010 10:22:35 PM PST by butterdezillion (.)
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To: celtic gal
I wonder what happened here..Miller beat her fair and square. Did some of those conservatives who voted for him now switch their vote for her rather than vote for Miller? This does not make a lot of sense to me...Something is fishy.

Ireally believe the Dems realized how weak their nominee was and voted for "second best". They, coupled with establishment republicans were enough to put her over the top. If she had not run , the dem would have got mpre votes.

37 posted on 11/15/2010 10:25:20 PM PST by snowtigger (.)
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To: butterdezillion

They were counting absentee ballots since the 9th. I doubt there are many out there. If write in has 101,000, Joe has 91,000, and the Dem has about 53,000. That’s 245,000 votes counted already.

That’s slightly above normal for turnout in a US Senate race/Governor for Alaska. I just don’t believe they have more than a couple thousand absentees left, the military ballots are part of what’s been counted.

Joe lost this because many Dems and Stevens voters wrote in Murkowski. The Dem nominee for Gov got around 30% and 37% for House Rep. They are happier with Murkowski for sure then Miller but the Dem could have won this race with 37%.


38 posted on 11/15/2010 10:39:26 PM PST by Steelers6
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To: Deagle

I literally loathe this woman and what she has done. I can’t wish that ugly, chicken-necked skank any well wishes at all. In fact, I have quite the opposite feelings.


39 posted on 11/15/2010 10:43:10 PM PST by Catsrus (Have)
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To: Southnsoul
MSM reporting; Miller = 90,458
L.M. = 92,169 this number includes 7,601 votes Miller challenged. This said to me if Joe Miller wins just 1/2 of his challenged votes, HE WINS. not counting the Military vote. (but it's late I could be wrong.)
40 posted on 11/15/2010 11:33:34 PM PST by Peacekeeper357 (Liberal Judges are a direct cause of Police Brutality)
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To: wildandcrazyrussian

Thanks.


41 posted on 11/16/2010 1:30:21 AM PST by muawiyah (GIT OUT THE WAY ~ REPUBLICANS COMIN' THROUGH)
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To: freekitty; Texas4ever; Southnsoul; celtic gal; Deagle

A lot of people need to take a deep breath.

>>> Another stinkin cheat and crook.

How is one either a cheat or a crook by virtue of asking registered voter to cast their ballots in your behalf ? And them actually doing so.

>>> How can anyone do what she did and call herself a winner?

The same way Joe Lieberman did. I remember it well. We loved it then.

>>> she will probably win and then caucus with the Dems

There is no basis to think that. She has been explicit in saying she will remain a republican. Assuming a republican senate year in 2012, there is even less sensible cause to think she would join the soon to be minority.

>>> She may have her win here (and be despised by most Americans)

You think MOST Americans even know her name? Much less care enough to hate her ? Seriously ?


42 posted on 11/16/2010 2:44:29 AM PST by tlb
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To: butterdezillion

I said this in another thread, but from what I can tell most if not all of those 40,000 had already been counted before. Now they went through to address the ones marked for Write-In.


43 posted on 11/16/2010 3:59:58 AM PST by RWNut
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To: ari-freedom
Lisa is technically not a Democrat.

You are quite right about that. She is not a legal Dem, she is a common-law Dem or a living-in-sin Dem.

A Dem in all but name. And while I wouldn't say the GOP is immaculate, I tend to see Dem rats when election shenanigans get really bold in broad daylight!

44 posted on 11/16/2010 5:15:22 AM PST by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (Starve the beast. Save the liver!)
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To: Steelers6

None of these numbers are matching up. As of the close of the day Monday, counting contested ballots, Murkowski had 92,164 and Miller had 90,458, according to the news reports. So I’m not sure where you’re getting the extra 9000 or so votes for Murkowski.

And the reports said that the counting of the absentee votes was just to begin on Monday.

So the accounts are not matching up. Makes it a lot easier to cheat if nobody knows what the heck is going on. These reporters need to get it straight, and if the election officials won’t give it to them straight then we have a problem.


45 posted on 11/16/2010 5:19:08 AM PST by butterdezillion (.)
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To: tlb

Not to mention she wrote an amendment to reign in the EPA from their rewriting of the clean air act and shutting down refineries in Texas. That amendment failed on mostly stupid Dem votes (like my two worthless VA senators) but also some “republicans” as well. If we can get a real bill to stop the EPA tyranny from her, it will be no small thing.


46 posted on 11/16/2010 5:23:01 AM PST by palmer (Cooperating with Obama = helping him extend the depression and implement socialism.)
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To: TheThinker

There is nothing any more fishy than when Lieberman won as an independent in CT.

As I said I hate what Murkowski did, but that isn’t corruption. Winning by write in is quite an accomplishment.

Miller didn’ty handle that stupid computer “scandal” well and obviously a lot of democrats voted for Murkowski as well.


47 posted on 11/16/2010 6:31:18 AM PST by Williams (It's the policies, stupid.)
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Latest data from the Alaska Divisions of Elections Website:

State of Alaska 2010 General Election Unofficial Results
United States Senator Write-In
CC - Challenged Counted
CNC - Challenged NOT Counted

11/15/10
16:07:29

Registered Voters 494876 - Cards Cast 94674 19.13% Num. Report Precinct 438 - Num. Reporting 435 99.32%

US SENATOR WRITE-IN
Total
Number of Precincts 438
Precincts Reporting 435 99.3 %
Times Counted 94674/494876 19.1 %
Total Votes 94674

Lisa Murkowski 84563 89.32%
Murkowski (CC) 7601 8.03%
Murkowski (CNC) 1869 1.97%
Other - Misc. Names 573 0.61%
Write-In Miller, Joe 10 0.01%
Write-In McAdams 8 0.01%
Write-In Carter, Tim

Click the link for the entire list of write-in votes


State of Alaska 2010 General Election
November 2, 2010
Unofficial Results

11/15/10
14:40:23

Registered Voters 494876 - Cards Cast 257966 52.13% Num. Report Precinct 438 - Num. Reporting 438 100.00%

US SENATOR
Total
Number of Precincts 438
Precincts Reporting 438 100.0 %
Times Counted 257966/494876 52.1 %
Total Votes 255116

Carter, Tim NA 918 0.36%
Gianoutsos, Ted NA 454 0.18%
Haase, Fredrick LIB 1451 0.57%
McAdams, Scott T. DEM 59817 23.45%
Miller, Joe REP 90448 35.45%
Write-in Votes 102028 39.99%


Snips from late last night ADN.com article:

The Murkowski campaign is all but claiming victory as Sen. Lisa Murkowski leads Joe Miller by more than 1,700 votes after Monday's review of write-in ballots.

The Division of Elections has now counted 92,164 votes for Murkowski and 90,458 for Miller. Murkowski's number will grow as the state continues to go through write-in ballots today, looking to see what name voters wrote on them.

More than 8,000 write-in ballots remain to be looked at. The trend since counting began last week has been for the Division of Elections to count more than 97 percent of them for Murkowski.......

Miller was hoping to get a boost from absentee ballots. But Monday was the last big count of absentees and there turned out to be more write-ins than Miller votes.

Only about 600 absentee ballots remain to be counted later this week from military and overseas addresses, according to the Division of Elections.

end snips

Read more: http://www.adn.com/2010/11/15/1555926/murkowski-passes-miller-in-vote.html#ixzz15SLiJNJAM


48 posted on 11/16/2010 6:51:50 AM PST by deport
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To: butterdezillion

102,000 ballots marked “Write-In”
92,000 ballots counted for Murkowski (85,000 uncontested)

That’s why the difference in numbers (all of mine rounded for simplicity). As for the absentee ballots, some districts counted theirs starting last week and just added in others as they arrived since then, while other districts didn’t count any at all until Monday the 15th so that they could do it all at once. Joe was hoping to pick up votes Monday with absentees, but instead it looks like “write-in” picked up a lot of votes due to some very strong Murkowski districts doing initial absentee tallying yesterday.

The math is looking pretty near impossible for Joe as of this point. If Murkowski gets 90% uncontested of the last 10,000 write-ins, she’ll total well more than enough uncontested votes to beat Joe.


49 posted on 11/16/2010 6:53:11 AM PST by RWNut
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To: tlb

SHE LOST....AND BOUGHT HER WAY BACK IN....SHE IS WHAT IS WRONG WITH POLITICS!!!!!!!!! PERIOD.


50 posted on 11/16/2010 7:45:28 AM PST by Texas4ever (God is in control!)
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