The Alaska Senate race results are making major headlines today. Although the Alaska Senate race results won’t settle control of the Senate, few have seen outcomes like this before. A write in candidate has pulled ahead, and could take the seat when all the counting is done. Of course, Lisa Murkowski is no ordinary write-in candidate, since she is still the incumbent. But in spite of losing the Republican primary, the Alaska Senate race results 2010 could still let her keep her job, although this is a long way from being settled.
Murkowski was upset in the Tea Party wave by nominee Joe Miller, which would normally finish off her re-election hopes. Instead, Murkowski kept going, and made this a three-person race by running as a write-in candidate. Charlie Crist tried to stay alive in Florida by running as an independent, yet it hardly worked out for him.
Judging by the early Alaska Senate race results, Murkowski stands to have far better luck. According to Yahoo News, the Senator is actually ahead of Miller, although he defeated her months ago in the primary. She is also ahead of Democratic nominee Scott McAdams, who has trailed off in third.
Right now, the battle stands to be between the two Republicans, as Murkowski has 41 percent of the vote, and Miller has 34 percent. However, this is still an unsettled showdown, despite 99 percent of precincts reporting.
Since so many write-in votes must be counted, the Alaska Senate race results depend on how many actually wrote in Murkowski’s name. In addition, the absentee ballots have to be counted, so the first official count may not be finished for another week or two. After that, Miller could still use the courts to challenge the numbers – and whether enough voters spelled Murkowski’s name correctly.
If these numbers do hold, it would be the first time a write-in candidate won since Storm Thurmond in 1954. Although the Democrats likely can’t win, they will likely still root for Murkowski, since her victory would be a blow to the Tea Party and Sarah Palin.
Having this happen in Palin’s backyard, from a defeated incumbent who Palin worked to defeat in the primaries, would be a major statement. Even though the Alaska Senate race results will narrow the Democratic majority in the Senate, Murkowski may be less eager to be in lockstep with the Republicans, after they turned on her in the summer.
However, even though Murkowski seems to have a solid lead, there is still a long way to go. The Alaska Senate race may not have official results for another several weeks, as it could be the final seat decided in the midterms. Alaska is used to having dramatic, controversial finishes in elections, and this stands to be the most historic controversy yet.
Yahoo News- “2010 Election: Full Results”
Anchorage Daily News- “Write-ins favor Murkowski; Miller won’t quit”