The Alaska Senate race 2010 is now all alone in the spotlight. Although the Alaska Senate race 2010 isn’t the last undecided election in the country, it is the final one for the Senate. With Dino Rossi conceding to Patty Murray in Washington state, the battle between Joe Miller and Lisa Murkowski is on everyone’s lips. Of course, no matter what happens, the Republicans will take this seat and have 47 overall. But whoever wins the Alaska Senate race will have a big triumph for their specific brand of Republicanism.
Joe Miller won the nomination on the strength of support from the Tea Party and Sarah Palin. Although Lisa Murkowski was the incumbent Senator, the new wave of Republicans regarded her as too much of a weakness. However, she has risen back up stronger than ever, and is poised to make history.
As of now, the Alaska Senate race 2010 is in Murkowski’s control, as her write-in candidacy has paid off. With all of the precincts reporting, write-in ballots have 41 percent of the vote, while Miler has only 34 percent, and Democratic candidate Scott McAdams has conceded.
Of course, even if the Republican nominee loses, a Republican still stands to hold the seat. Yet this has turned into another battle between established Republicans and the Tea Party, so a lot is still at stake. For now, it appears that Miller is ready to take the battle to the limit.
Miller is not dropping out of the Alaska Senate race 2010, as he told Fox & Friends today that he isn’t conceding. He says that there are still 31,000 absentee ballots left, and reminded everyone that the 81,000 write-in ballots must be reviewed. Since this process could take a long time, it appears this battle is far from over.
Many have wondered if Murkowski’s name will work against her, as many of the write-in ballots could have been misspelled. Miller cited the 1998 state Governor’s race, in which write-in candidate Robin Taylor lost when 7.8 percent of her ballots were disqualified. If that happened to Murkowski, then Miller would pull right back ahead.
So far, the Alaska Senate race 2010 has Murkowski ahead by over 13,000 votes. There is a lot of ground to make up, but if a majority of absentee ballots are for Miller, the deficit could shrink quickly. This will leave the write-in votes under greater scrutiny, for their spelling and legitimacy.
The Tea Party has suffered more defeats than they hoped for in the midterms, with losses for Ken Buck and Sharron Angle, and the deficit for Miller. If the Alaska Senate race goes against them, under these unusual circumstances, it would be a notable blow. Therefore, Miller has even more reason to fight on until the bitter end.
Yahoo News- “2010 Election: Full Results”
FOX News- “Miller Waiting Out the Alaska Senate Race”