Murkowski Ready to Make History, But Palin-Backed Miller Not Giving Up
November 3, 2010
(ChattahBox Political News)—Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski is poised for an historic write-in victory in Alaska, a feat that has not been seen since Strom Thurmond’s win in 1954. Up by five points over tea party opponent Joe Miller, Murskowski’s supporters were jubilant last night. But Joe Miller is not about to fade into the shadows just yet. “It’s not over, till it’s over,” he said last night to a disappointed crowd. It will be weeks before a clear winner is called. The write-in ballots must be hand checked and the absentee ballots won’t be counted until Nov. 17. After that, the legal teams would take over, mounting challenges from both sides. But the momentum is with Murkowski, as Miller’s radical views, questionable ethics and the handcuffing of a reporter, nipped away at his slim lead over Murkowski in recent days.
Many of the legal challenges will invoke the standard of voter intent when it comes to various misspellings of Murkowski’s name. Miller’s camp will be furiously battling to throw out as many Murkowski ballots as possible, while Murkowski’s lawyers will be arguing to keep them in.
While the Democratic nominee Scott McAdams picked up steam in recent days, benefiting from Miller’s self-inflicted wounds, it still was not enough. McAdams only captured 25 percent of the vote.
The Anchorage Daily News writes:
“Alaska’s computerized voting system shows how many voters filled in the oval for a write-in candidate but not the actual name the voter wrote in. The write-in ballots are only opened to look at the name if there are more of them than votes for the leading candidate, or if the number of write-in ballots is within .5 percent of the frontrunner.”
“That count would begin Nov. 18 and be expected to last three days. The campaigns have been getting ready for the court challenges over “voter intent” that would be expected to follow. Minor misspellings are probably OK but simply writing “Lisa M,”; for example, could be a problem.”
If Murkowski pulls it off, and with a current 40 to 35 percent edge over Miller it looks like she will, the prevailing narrative will look unfavorably on Sarah Palin’s support of Miller; a radical anti-government extremist caught lying about unethical politicking on government computers while employed as a government attorney.
Miller’s hypocritical extremism and lack of ethics renders him unfit for office. And the same can be said for Sarah Palin.