Alaska election results 2010 are still undecided. The Alaska election results 2010 had yet another bellwether primary, as this primary could be the biggest win yet for the Tea Party. In the Republican primary for Senate, incumbent Senator Lisa Murkowski was expected to have an easy win a month ago. But when challenger Joe Miller got a big endorsement from Alaska’s own Sarah Palin, the tide began to turn. Miller’s comeback appears to be complete, as he leads with 98 percent of precincts in, although the Alaska election results 2010 won’t be official for several more days.
According to the Anchorage Daily News, Joe Miller is up by nearly 2,000 votes over Sen. Lisa Murkowski, as of nearly 5 a.m. Alaska time. This is the culmination of a startling comeback, as Miller has spent the last three weeks chipping into Murkowski’s lead.
If these Alaska election results 2010 hold, Sarah Palin and the Tea Party will reap the benefits. Miller began his rally right when Palin pledged her support, with the Tea Party following her lead. Palin has a notable history with Sen. Murkowski, since she defeated her father, Frank Murkowski, for governor in 2006.
Whether Palin endorsed Miller just to defeat a Murkowski again is uncertain, but if she did, it may have worked. However, Murkowski has been a leading Republican in the Senate, so the Alaska election results 2010 might have had Palin hurt the party more than help it.
In spite of everything, the primary is still not over. There are 16,000 absentee ballots left to count, and it will likely take until Sept. 8 to count them all. Given how the late Ted Stevens was defeated by absentee ballots in 2008, the Alaska primary could easily favor Murkowski in the end.
Stevens lost a 3,000-vote lead at the wire to Mark Begich two years ago, and Murkowski only has to make up 2,000 votes. Rural and coastal areas make up most of the uncounted precincts, with Murkowski expected to do well in those regions.
The Alaska election results 2010 are another example of how important the state has become in politics. If Palin and her Tea Party supporters have helped swing the primary to Miller, it may be among their biggest victories in this primary season. It would also make Murkowski the third sitting Senator to lose a primary, which hasn’t happened since 1980.
If this election ends with Murkowski losing, thanks in part to her state’s former governor, it would certainly prove that Palin’s power in Alaska hasn’t faded. But, of course, the Alaska election results 2010 would then be used to prove what she can do nationwide in November — assuming the numbers stay where they are now.
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