The Alaska Senate race 2010 wasn’t expected to end quickly. However, one key stage of the Alaska Senate race 2010 is almost over, as the write-in ballot count nears an end. As expected, Lisa Murkowski continues to lead over Joe Miller in what would be a historic victory. Despite losing the Republican primary, and not being on the official ballot, Murkowski is set to maintain her seat anyway. Yet the results may still be held up for a while, as Miller isn’t done objecting yet.
Miller’s attempts to get Murkowski’s write-in votes disqualified have not paid off so far. The state allowed misspelled ballots to count for now, and Miller hasn’t challenged enough votes to make a difference. As such, his defeat may be inevitable, but there’s no sign that he will give in anyway.
The latest Alaska Senate results have Murkowski up by 10,400 votes, according to the Anchorage Daily News. In fact, even if all the votes that Miller challenged were disqualified, Murkowski would still be ahead by over 2,000 votes.
Yet in spite of all these negative developments, Miller is finding other ways to challenge the outcome. With the initial write-in review almost over, Miller is calling for all the votes to be counted by hand. Computers were used to review the ballots last week, but now Miller wants them checked in a hand recount.
Of course, looking over the 90,000+ write in votes by hand, along with the other ballots, would be a lengthy process. Perhaps that would bide time for Miller while his lawsuits get through the courts. However, the options for him to win the Alaska Senate are diminishing.
The vote count will end today, as the state reviews 600 absentee ballots from those overseas and in the military. Absentee votes have given Miller some extra votes, but it has hardly been enough. After these final ballots are checked, Murkowski will likely declare victory and call for Miller to concede.
Mathematically, there appears to be no way for Murkowski to lose, unless some major discrepancies are found at the last minute. Even if Miller gets another count, he needs every single one of the challenged votes to be disqualified, and then needs over 2,000 more to be found. If he keeps going anyway, the Alaska Senate race could keep dragging on, although the Republicans need a 47th senator by January.
Once today’s review ends, all eyes will be on Miller to see if he does remain defiant. Yet with the way things have gone so far, a Murkowski victory seems even more inevitable. Even so, the results might not be certified soon anyway.
Anchorage Daily News- “Senator leads; Miller wants hand recount”