The votes have been counted and it appears as if Lisa Murkowski has made history by becoming the second person ever to win an election as a write-in candidate - the first was Strom Thurmond in 1954. Ron Hogan wrote the following for Popfi:
It’s taken a week of hand-counting and lots of legal squabbling from both sides, but it looks as if Lisa Murkowski is going to become the first write-in candidate elected to the United States Senate in 50 years. The write-in ballots were outnumbering those cast for the major party candidates, but nobody could say for sure that Murkowski was winning until they were all counted. Well, the votes have been counted, and Lisa Murkowski is Alaska’s new Senator.Now you would think Joe Miller would make good on his promise and concede, being that he had stated in the past that if the math did not add up, he would forfeit the race to Murkowski, right? Well, it looks as if Miller lied.
There are still some 8153 disputed ballots, but they don’t matter. Murkowski is roughly 10000 votes ahead of Tea Party candidate Joe Miller, and the 700 or so uncounted ballots won’t make a difference in the race. Murkowski is officially one of two Senate representatives to Alaska.
Eve though Lisa Murkowski has more then enough votes to win, even after taking into consideration the ballots challenged by Miller, Miller believes that it is not impossible for him to win - his new argument claims ballot counting started a week early forcing him to cobble a bunch of untrained observers to monitor the elections, therefor missing some ballots he could have contested.
Seriously, what do you expect? For decades, every time the wingnuts lose an election, Rusty the Chickenhawk, Sean Fannity and Glenn the Idiot claim their candidate lost because they were not conservative enough. As a result, these wingnuts and their loser candidates can not accept the fact that they have been rejected by the American people.ReplyDelete
I found Miller's complaints to be pretty funny - he claimed he would drop his candidacy if the math didn't add up, but when the math doesn't add up using Miller's math, he wants to take it to the courts - the federal courts!ReplyDelete
I'm hoping for some further humiliation of Miller!
I viewed Murkowski as a somewhat moderate candidate (maybe moderate by Alaska's standards), and I hope that this whole ordeal - with the GOP's flirtation's with Miller - that Murkowski moves closer to the center...
No way Miller would hire a trial lawyer, right? Conservatives HATE trial lawyers and frivolous lawsuits!ReplyDelete
I didn't even think about that! I thought it was funny that he went crying to the federal government for a state problem, but you are absolutely right - even before the count was done Miller had his lawyers circling the election results...ReplyDelete