One Man's Alaska

Murkowski defeats Miller as write-in candidate

November 18, 2010

Sorry, I've been a little busy the last few days (getting ready for a surgery in Anchorage, Alaska on Friday to remove my gallbladder), but while I was gone, Lisa Murkowski was officially named the winner of the Alaska senate race. Her write-in campaign managed to defeat Joe Miller by about 2,000 votes.

This total vote count does not include any of the ballots the Miller campaign disputed, so I don't think there is anything for him to sue about at this time. However, the last thing I read was that he was asking for a hand recount of all the ballots. Without time to read further details, I don't know what this means, because I assume they just took six days to count all the write-in ballots by hand, including observers from both campaigns. I assume therefore that he wants a hand recount of all the other ballots cast in the campaign, i.e., not the write-in ballots.

Alaska's United States Senator ballot counts

For the record, you can find the Alaska senate campaign ballot counts at these two URLs:

The weirdest thing to me is that twenty people took the time to write Joe Miller in as a candidate, and another eight people wrote in Scott McAdams; both of their names were on the ballot, so there was no need to write them in. One thing I wonder: If you wrote in "The Other Guy", would that have counted for Scott McAdams? :)

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