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Ear to the Ground

Murkowski’s Miracle on Ice

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Posted on Nov 16, 2010
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Officials are still counting and campaigns are still jockeying, but it looks like Sen. Lisa Murkowski has pulled off a minor political miracle by winning a write-in campaign after getting bounced from the GOP ticket by tea party upstart Joe Miller.

To be clear, Murkowski has not been crowned and her rival has yet to concede, but her victory is assured unless a substantial number of challenged votes are thrown out.

New York Times:

On the sixth day after election workers in Juneau began manually counting write-in ballots in the race, elections officials had made their way through 94,674 write-in votes and determined that 92,164 or them were for Ms. Murkowski. That put Ms. Murkowski 1,716 votes ahead of her principal opponent, Joe Miller—and her lead will only grow as several thousand more write-in ballots are counted in the next few days.

There is a catch, of course. The Miller campaign has been aggressively challenging write-in ballots that are misspelled or somehow imperfectly marked—as well as plenty of ballots that have no apparent error. Ms. Murkowski’s lead includes ballots that the Miller campaign has challenged but that the state had determined are valid. The Miller campaign is raising money for a lawsuit it hopes will throw out the challenged votes.

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By Fat Freddy, November 16, 2010 at 9:08 am Link to this comment

After she lost the primary, her people approached the Libertarian Party and asked if she could replace David Hasse on the ballot. The LP refused. However, Mr Hasse said he would give her his place on the ballot if she signed a non-aggression agreement. She refused. It looks like the LP lost a chance to have a member in the Senate. Are we crying? No. The LP is the only party of principle. We’ll take our 3-5% of the vote, and continue to fight for the individual rights of Americans, and against the evils of government.

Maybe someday people will realize that trying to control the government is like trying to control Dr Frankenstein’s creature. But the majority of people are easily distracted, and appeased by shiny objects, and free stuff.

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By Inherit The Wind, November 16, 2010 at 8:21 am Link to this comment

i am so thrilled.

Instead of a bat-shit crazy, off-the-wall Palin clone tea-bagger…....
Alaska is going to return a right-wing lock-step Republican to Washington to help Mitch McConnell keep up the deadlock.

She, getting a couple of hundred thousand votes, if that, will have all the same power as Barbara Boxer who got several million votes.

If you actually look at the numbers of voters for each party, you’ll find something very disturbing:  The GOP majority in the House doesn’t mean they won the majority of votes across the nation.  They didn’t.  And in the Senate, about 35-40% of the voters voted Republican and 60-65% voted Democrat.

Something’s wrong here.  Perhaps a European-style parliamentary system is in order, where a party that wins 60% of the votes gets 60% of the seats, not 48%.

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