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Murkowski camp confidence increases as last ballots are counted
The Alaska Dispatch ^ | 11/16/2010 | Joshua Saul

Posted on 11/16/2010 4:05:50 PM PST by speciallybland

As the number of ballots left to count dwindles toward zero, staffers for U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski's historic write-in campaign are looking forward to the moment they can declare victory over Joe Miller.

"By the end of the day today anyone with simple arithmetic skills can draw some conclusions," said Murkowski campaign manager Kevin Sweeney. "By the end of the day tomorrow the count will actually be done so the campaign can make a declaration."

The Miller campaign continues to insist that the race is "far from over." In a Tuesday morning press release Miller spokesman Randy DeSoto compared the number of unchallenged votes for Murkowski with the number of votes Miller has received. The problem with his statement is that right now the Division of Elections is counting those ballots, putting Murkowski more than 1,700 votes ahead. Miller has filed a lawsuit seeking to block the division from counting the challenged ballots, but he faces an uphill legal climb to do so.

It's also possible that Murkowski will amass enough votes to win even without those challenged ballots, though the margin would be much narrower.

Counting started a few hours later than normal Tuesday, so instead of the normal two ballot updates the Division of Elections will only release one update towards the end of the day. Check back around 5:30 p.m.

According to Sweeney, the remaining ballots will continue to swing the margin in Murkowski's favor. There are about 8,000 write-in ballots being counted today, Sweeney said, of which Murkowski should reap about 97 percent. The only other votes left to count are the up to 700 special advance ballots (though presumably far fewer) that have been mailed in, as well as a small handful of votes from a few rural precincts that were late arriving, Sweeny said.

Chris Clark, a Murkowski observer who has been watching the counting since Wednesday, said he's seen fewer instances of Miller observers challenging ballots solely on penmanship issues. Clark was also feeling good about Murkowski's chances.

"There's a buzz in the air, that's for sure," Clark said.


TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Alaska
KEYWORDS: alaska; barfalert; gutlessrnc; joemiller; lisamurkowski; miller; murkowski; princesslisa

1 posted on 11/16/2010 4:05:54 PM PST by speciallybland
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To: speciallybland

I hope the senator’s remaining time in DC is utterly miserable.


2 posted on 11/16/2010 4:07:42 PM PST by skeeter
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To: speciallybland

So, absentee voters are going to be disenfranchised?

Joe Miller should not concede until every last vote has been counted, and that includes the absentee ballots.


3 posted on 11/16/2010 4:08:36 PM PST by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR PRESIDENT!)
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To: speciallybland

I thought they weren’t counting the military absentee votes until Friday.


4 posted on 11/16/2010 4:09:33 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: speciallybland

Miller needs to take this to court. The Division of Elections is ignoring Alaska’s legal requirement that absentee votes must be correctly spelled.

If you want to go by “intent,” you have to change the law first.


5 posted on 11/16/2010 4:13:27 PM PST by Interesting Times (SwiftVets.com. WinterSoldier.com. ToSetTheRecordStraight.com.)
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To: speciallybland

Easy to be confident when the fix is in ...


6 posted on 11/16/2010 4:13:38 PM PST by j.argese (Boycott Nevada.)
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To: speciallybland

It seems as if the Murkowski camp (AND the compliant media) are putting out lots of “the counting is over and we won” reports in hopes that Miller will concede. Starting tomorrow, I predict, they’ll start with “if he cares about what’s good for Alaska, he’d concede” nonsense like they did with Bush in 2000.


7 posted on 11/16/2010 4:13:50 PM PST by Jackson57
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To: Paladin2

> I thought they weren’t counting the military absentee votes until Friday.

MooKow and her gleeful RINO minions are trying to pressure Miller into conceding.

Pray that he doesn’t until the military votes are counted.

That any Alaskan would vote for MooKow trash speaks badly for that Alaskan.

That so many in Alaska would vote for that piece of trash speaks badly of Alaska.


8 posted on 11/16/2010 4:15:22 PM PST by Westbrook (Having children does not divide your love, it multiplies it.)
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To: speciallybland
Mr. Saul can dispense with the drama - everyone know this is how it was going to turn out when it was contested.

But we'll be watching ol' murky up there in DC and letting her know what we think of RINO's at every opportunity.


9 posted on 11/16/2010 4:17:02 PM PST by FrankR (Don't let the bastards wear you down!)
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To: speciallybland

Why are there so many Murkowski loyalists in the first place since she lost the ticket to Miller. Something is not right.


10 posted on 11/16/2010 4:17:44 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: speciallybland

The cheating is almost done, and the judges in Alaska appear to be crooked (Murkowski’s father was behind their appointments).

I hope Miller takes this all the way to SCOTUS if necessary. Princess Lisa is indescribably horrible.

Thank you, Republican leadership, for making nice and refusing to remove her from her committee assignments. If this woman gets in, I hope she makes your life miserable.


11 posted on 11/16/2010 4:17:57 PM PST by Cicero
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To: SatinDoll

Find the voter fraud, expose it!!!


12 posted on 11/16/2010 4:17:57 PM PST by ExTexasRedhead
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To: Westbrook

Joe should have enough retired military vets willing to investigate the voter fraud.


13 posted on 11/16/2010 4:19:38 PM PST by ExTexasRedhead
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To: Westbrook

That any Alaskan would vote for MooKow trash speaks badly for that Alaskan.

That so many in Alaska would vote for that piece of trash speaks badly of Alaska.

I sure have to agree with you.


14 posted on 11/16/2010 4:20:38 PM PST by Big Horn (Rebuild the GOP to a conservative party)
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To: ExTexasRedhead

This is just like 2000. They can’t overcome the spelling rule just because they say so.


15 posted on 11/16/2010 4:21:25 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Jackson57

IIRC, Gore was never ahead in the count, so anyone who said Bush ought to concede was sending water up a rope.


16 posted on 11/16/2010 4:22:42 PM PST by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (Starve the beast. Save the liver!)
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To: skeeter

When was the last time someone from Alaska won the national spelling bee? C’mon..... Murkowski?


17 posted on 11/16/2010 4:23:12 PM PST by pointsal
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To: Interesting Times
If you want to go by “intent,” you have to change the law first.

Only if you're a legislator. If you're a judge all you have to do is rule. And they do. :(

18 posted on 11/16/2010 4:24:25 PM PST by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (Starve the beast. Save the liver!)
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To: speciallybland

I am confident her moocher constituents will be left flat with no freebies. A Pork Queen With no Pork.


19 posted on 11/16/2010 4:26:17 PM PST by screaminsunshine (Americanism vs Communism)
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To: Sacajaweau

Good question!

The General Election totals are around 184,000.

But the primary total was only 104,346. See below:

Murkowski’s concession came after a day of counting just over 17,000 absentee and questioned ballots. Nearly 12,000 of them were from Republican primary voters, who had the potential to change the Miller-Murkowski race. But when the day was done, Murkowski had only picked up 38 votes and Miller’s lead was 1,630 votes. He had a total of 52,988 votes to 51,358 for Murkowski.

Read more: http://www.adn.com/2010/08/31/1433454/murkowski-concedes-senate-race.html#ixzz15UfszJww


20 posted on 11/16/2010 4:26:38 PM PST by sodpoodle (Despair; man's surrender. Laughter; God 's redemption.)
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To: ExTexasRedhead
It's not over until the fat lady sings and that will come when Joe wins no matter how long it takes to expose and throw out all the vote fraud.


21 posted on 11/16/2010 4:27:04 PM PST by Evil Slayer (Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war)
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To: speciallybland

This seems like a good opportunity for me to remind conservatives and smaller gov’t type folks that they put their hopes in a party that has room for electing either a Murkoswki, or a Joe Miller.

Seems like the GOP has an identity problem. I suggest we either help them sort it out, or just leave.


22 posted on 11/16/2010 4:27:43 PM PST by TeachableMoment
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To: Sacajaweau
Why are there so many Murkowski loyalists in the first place since she lost the ticket to Miller. Something is not right.

My thoughts, exactly!

23 posted on 11/16/2010 4:29:58 PM PST by mckenzie7 (Democrats = Trough Sloppers!)
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To: speciallybland

Update on the Miller Federal Court challenge:

Judge rejects AFN involvement in Miller write-in lawsuit

By RICHARD MAUER
rmauer@adn.com

Published: November 16th, 2010 02:43 PM
Last Modified: November 16th, 2010 02:44 PM

A federal judge today turned down the request by the Alaska Federation of Natives to intervene in the lawsuit filed by Senate candidate Joe Miller challenging the method used by the state to count write-in ballots.

The AFN, the state’s largest Native organization, wanted to join the state’s side in arguing that the Division of Elections was correct in counting slight variants of Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s name as proper write-in votes. Miller said that only precise spelling should be accepted......

“The State of Alaska is responsible for and fully capable of representing the interests of all its citizens,” Beistline said.............

The state is seeking dismissal of the case on the basis that federal court is the wrong jurisdiction to hear Miller’s complaints that a state agency violated state law. It says the matter should have been filed in state state Superior Court.

End snips....

Read more: http://www.adn.com/2010/11/16/1557509/judge-rejects-afn-involvement.html#ixzz15Ujksl1N


24 posted on 11/16/2010 4:39:05 PM PST by deport
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To: skeeter
I wish too; but fear she will/is. ..receiving a warm Repub welcome.

Can only say. .. 'thanks, Alaska'(and Repub hierarchy). No question, there will be consequences.

Unfortunately, they will have a larger impact. . .

25 posted on 11/16/2010 4:41:14 PM PST by cricket (Osama - NOT made in the USA. . .and Obama, not made in the USA either. . .)
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To: skeeter
I wish too; but fear she will/is. ..receiving a warm Repub welcome.

Can only say. .. 'thanks, Alaska'(and Repub hierarchy). No question, there will be consequences.

Unfortunately, they will have a larger impact. . .

26 posted on 11/16/2010 4:41:21 PM PST by cricket (Osama - NOT made in the USA. . .and Obama, not made in the USA either. . .)
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To: skeeter
I wish too; but fear she will/is. ..receiving a warm Repub welcome.

Can only say. .. 'thanks, Alaska'(and Repub hierarchy). No question, there will be consequences.

Unfortunately, they will have a larger impact. . .

27 posted on 11/16/2010 4:41:28 PM PST by cricket (Osama - NOT made in the USA. . .and Obama, not made in the USA either. . .)
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To: skeeter
I wish too; but fear she will/is. ..receiving a warm Repub welcome.

Can only say. .. 'thanks, Alaska'(and Repub hierarchy). No question, there will be consequences.

Unfortunately, they will have a larger impact. . .

28 posted on 11/16/2010 4:41:31 PM PST by cricket (Osama - NOT made in the USA. . .and Obama, not made in the USA either. . .)
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To: skeeter
I wish too; but fear she will/is. ..receiving a warm Repub welcome.

Can only say. .. 'thanks, Alaska'(and Repub hierarchy). No question, there will be consequences.

Unfortunately, they will have a larger impact. . .

29 posted on 11/16/2010 4:41:31 PM PST by cricket (Osama - NOT made in the USA. . .and Obama, not made in the USA either. . .)
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To: skeeter
I wish too; but fear she will/is. ..receiving a warm Repub welcome.

Can only say. .. 'thanks, Alaska'(and Repub hierarchy). No question, there will be consequences.

Unfortunately, they will have a larger impact. . .

30 posted on 11/16/2010 4:41:38 PM PST by cricket (Osama - NOT made in the USA. . .and Obama, not made in the USA either. . .)
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To: speciallybland

This makes me SICK.


31 posted on 11/16/2010 4:45:07 PM PST by GoCards (Why me? Why not me?)
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To: cricket

yikes.


32 posted on 11/16/2010 4:45:18 PM PST by skeeter
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To: cricket

Posting from phones one never knows how many times they’ll send the message.......


33 posted on 11/16/2010 4:50:20 PM PST by deport
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To: speciallybland

This woman is awful. I wish she’d switch parties. Her core is more RAT than GOP.


34 posted on 11/16/2010 4:54:06 PM PST by clintonh8r ("Let them eat lobster cake." Michele Antoinette, vacation #6.)
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To: speciallybland
murkowski
35 posted on 11/16/2010 4:55:03 PM PST by Flag_This (Real presidents don't bow.)
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To: Flag_This

I want to see her face on one of those singing fish hanging on the wall.
36 posted on 11/16/2010 5:06:25 PM PST by Eye of Unk (If your enemy is quick to anger, seek to irritate him. Sun Tzu, The Art of War.)
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To: Flag_This

wish you hadn’t done that...


37 posted on 11/16/2010 5:06:55 PM PST by major-pelham
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To: major-pelham

sorry.


38 posted on 11/16/2010 5:10:42 PM PST by Flag_This (Real presidents don't bow.)
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To: Flag_This

She looks so much like Pelosi that it is creepy.


39 posted on 11/16/2010 5:15:21 PM PST by Revel
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To: Sacajaweau

“Why are there so many Murkowski loyalists in the first place since she lost the ticket to Miller. Something is not right.”

Crossover votes from Democrats?


40 posted on 11/16/2010 5:18:34 PM PST by Forty-Niner (We're Coming back again in 2012! RINOs out In the Primary. Conservative Repubs in in the General!)
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To: skeeter; deport
yikes

Yes, 'yikes' and 'oops'. . .Can only say 'multi-happens'.

41 posted on 11/16/2010 5:20:11 PM PST by cricket (Osama - NOT made in the USA. . .and Obama, not made in the USA either. . .)
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To: sodpoodle

Wow...where did all those ‘extra’ votes come from?


42 posted on 11/16/2010 5:22:41 PM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: speciallybland

https://joemiller.us/goal/index_notover.php


43 posted on 11/16/2010 5:29:29 PM PST by USAF70 (America is not 'governed' by the President or Congress. America is governed by the U.S.Constitution.)
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To: speciallybland

The article is written from the prespective that the end of the election is the counting of the remaining write-in ballots.

The absentee ballots have NOT been counted and won’t be until tomorrow or Friday.

Miller will win these votes, and the election as a result.

Then this Cow can be udderly discarded once and for all.


44 posted on 11/16/2010 5:30:11 PM PST by exit82 (Democrats are the enemy of freedom. Sarah Palin is our Esther.)
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To: TeachableMoment

That’s why we should let it be known to the GOP leaders that we expect them to treat her as a leper and have nothing to do with her!


45 posted on 11/16/2010 7:33:57 PM PST by MayfairFly ("Your total ignorance of that which you profess to teach merits the death penalty.")
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