August 30th, 2010
12:09 PM ET
4 years ago

More than 25,000 ballots uncounted in Alaska GOP Senate race

 More than 25,000 ballots remain uncounted in Alaska’s GOP Senate primary between Joe Miller (left) and Lisa Murkowski (right).
More than 25,000 ballots remain uncounted in Alaska’s GOP Senate primary between Joe Miller (left) and Lisa Murkowski (right).

(CNN) – One day before vote counting resumes in Alaska's Republican Senate primary, election officials say more than 25,000 ballots remain uncounted.

According to unofficial results from last Tuesday's primary, Sen. Lisa Murkowski trails attorney Joe Miller by 1,668 votes, in what could turn out to be the biggest upset so far this cycle. Absentee ballots had 10 days domestically and 15 days internationally to arrive through the mail as long as they were postmarked August 24th, the day of the primary.

Officials at the Alaska Division of Elections tell CNN that as of Sunday 15,720 absentee ballots have been returned. Absentee ballots continue to arrive by mail. Also waiting to be counted are 663 early votes, ballots which were cast in pre-primary day voting. Add to that 9,117 "questioned" ballots, which may or may not be counted. Some may be disqualified by a panel of election officials for irregularities. Most of these votes are expected to be cast in the Republican primary, but some may be intended for the Democratic contest.

Election officials say they will determine Monday how many votes will be included in Tuesday's initial count.

Miller, a little known attorney, was boosted by the endorsement earlier this summer of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin. The 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee recorded a robo-call which was phoned out to Alaska voters in the days leading up to the primary. Miller was also helped by the endorsement of the Tea Party Express. Arguably the country's most high profile national Tea Party organization, the group spent nearly $600,000 assisting Miller's campaign.

The winner of the GOP primary is considered to be the favorite in the November general election against Sitka Mayor Scott McAdams, the Democratic Senate nominee.

–CNN Polling Director Keating Holland contributed to this report


Filed under: 2010 • Alaska • Joe Miller • Lisa Murkowski
soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. Willa-PA

    He is on slick dude, on Andrea Mitchell now. I just wonder how many people who voted for him and choose candidates like him, Angle for one, receive an umployment check, SS check, disability check and many of the govt. benefits. Those voters will be deeply disappointed and the first ones to scream foul when those benefits are taken away from them by these ultra right conservatives.

    August 30, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  2. Ted

    Politics and politicians of Alaska is mostly a sideshow, possibly a dangerous one. I knew little about Alaskan politics until the idiot ex governor was barely vetted by McSame. Now I wish we could jam all of them back into a box.

    August 30, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  3. Chuck, Tennessee

    This looks funny to me. In a state with only about 500,000 people, there are so many ballots questioned, mail-in, disqualified, etc? What's going on ?

    August 30, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  4. The Contest Is Between a far right wing Troglodyte and . . .

    Senator "Thanks Dad".

    Elect a "real" Alaskan – McAdams

    August 30, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  5. valwayne

    Why is it that early votes and abentee ballots that have already arrived haven't been counted this long after the election? It seems like a really slow inefficient system? It would seem to me that all the votes that are cast before or on election day should be counted on election day, and then they could wait 10 days and count the ballots delivered late?

    August 30, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  6. Ferret out the BS

    Poor Alaska, can't figure out where they want to be or what their identity is. The majority may be so fiercly independent that they don't want anything to do with the Government of the "lower 48" although the quest looms of what to do with essential government services that they have come to enjoy, need, and rely upon. SP and her ilk would send the state and it's populace down the river of independence and trust the state to take care of it's own. The voters have to ask them selves if this is realistic?

    August 30, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  7. Shelly

    Joe Miller wants to end Social Security and Jobless Benefits.
    I guess it is fine and dandy for him and Palin to propose this, as they fly ,above the poor neighborhoods,in their private jet drinking champagne ( with a straw) and eating caviar.
    They disgust me!

    August 30, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  8. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Did I tell you that republicans are sore losers? Some of them still believe that Norm Coleman won in Minnesota, despite 2 statewide recounts firmly establishing Al Franken's win. Now the republicans are unwilling to concede even to their own party! I bet after the votes are counted there will be weeks of legal challenges, and Alaska won't know who'll be on the ballot until just two weeks before the election. Not that it is that hard to print new ballots for Alaskans, there are barely any people living there.

    August 30, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  9. Dumbasrocks [R]s

    No, jim, you are just a sore loser. And I doubt you care about anyone's vote. [R]s are always up in arms when a close vote is looked-at and as many legal votes as possible are counted - you and your neo-tard friends just want to go back to the good ol' days when everyone's vote can be discounted and the [R]-dominated courts can coronate the next rightwing bag-of-nothing. But this is [R] on [R], which makes this theater even more enjoyable!

    And, Eric, way to DEFLECT! The strained psychological gymnastics you rightwingers have to go through is quite amazing, but understandable, given the severe level of delusion it takes to live in the fairytale world that FuxNews has you believing in. Yeh, right, Al Gore is the boogy-man in this [R] race.....please go get clinically diagnosed!

    August 30, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  10. Liberal4Obama

    Murkowski and the GOP are getting ready to steal another election, lets hope the Tea Baggers realize the GOP is only using them but they actually don't want them in power.

    Poor Tea Baggers no one likes them.

    August 30, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  11. James in Columbia MO

    Sounds like this one is going to end up in court to me...

    August 30, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  12. water bearer

    to:
    awaitingliberalizationbyCNN August 30th, 2010 12:22 pm ET

    Will they finally give Al Franken the real victory that he did not get in Minnesota? Phony, slimy, election stealing liberal.

    Excuse me??!!!! What the hell does this story have to do with Al Franken OR for that matter any "Phony, slimy, election stealing liberal"?????? Your comments don't make any sense at all!!!

    August 30, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  13. Lefty

    Ignorance is alive and well in America.

    August 30, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  14. water bearer

    to Keith in Austin:

    No, liberals don't hate the fact that someone Palin endorses might win. I don't know how many times this has to be stated to you right wing extremist fringe fanatics, but here it is AGAIN. What we hate is the fact that so many of YOU are sucked into the stupid-vortex that surrounds this woman who refused to even finish the one term she was elected to! What we fear for is the future of OUR country if left in the hands of the ignorant and bigoted fringe!

    August 30, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  15. stevetall

    Honestly, it would be best for every American if both these nuts could be declared losers!

    August 30, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  16. Tom-Vermillion Ohio

    25,000 ballots unaccounted for? Now why doesn't this surprise me? I keep thinking back to when Palin reappeared in the national spot light. I went to her own website to see what HER fans were saying about her. Let's just say that approximately 80% of the comments (blogs) were 'deleted'. I wonder if their wasn't a simalar 'oops' with those ballots. The same could be said of these all important polls floating around. Bottom line, if its 'conservative', I do NOT believe it.

    August 30, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  17. Debra

    Best thing that can happen is that the election goes to Murkowski when all the hoopla has 'dictated' the Palin puppet winning. Frankly, neither of these two would win dog catcher in my city (Austin, Texas).

    August 30, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  18. Marie MD

    @Laverne – I agree with you except that he looks scary to me. It's like the smile of a serial killer before he does his thing plus it looks phony as heck!!!
    Good luck AK. You voted for the mayor and half term governor and now for this guy? You people deserve whatever it is you get.
    Just make sure you pass your 8 cents gasoline tax to MD before this guy destroys AK and all its natural beauty. If that happens, good luck attracting visitors!! :(

    August 30, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  19. Jackalope

    A pox on both their houses.

    August 30, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  20. Matthew in Wisconsin

    This primary has me a bit baffeled. I am not a fan of the Republican, Lisa Murkowski. But what has she NOT done for the Alaskan Republicans? She votes straight Republican party. Did all the bidding asked of her by Alaskans; and yet Alaska would rather have an inexperienced demagogue as their Senator? Did Murkowski do something wrong in the past six years? Because I have not heard anything bad about her. Why wouldn’t Republicans want to re-elect her? Why do the Republicans think that a deadlocked Congress, full of right and left wing extremist, would be a good thing?

    And yet Alaskan Republicans think this right wing extremist loudmouth is a better candidate!?!. This will be a self-fulfilling Tea Party prophesy: Our Federal Government does not work. Send Joe Miller to Congress and he’ll prove it.

    Forget Palin and the Tea Party. We Moderates, both Republican and Democrats are the REAL MAJORITY in America. Why are we being ignored?

    August 30, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  21. Gene

    Joe Miller looks a lot like President Ahmadinejad of Iran.
    Could it be he's a Muslim too?

    August 30, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  22. Steve

    It seems that the majority of these comments here and all of CNN's other blogs are generated by the Liberals. Obviously they have too much time on their hands. Instead of a life taking a handout/unemployment from the conservatives, the Liberals need to get a job. One suggestion to CNN is that to eliminate bias reporting/comments you need to control your released comments by having 50% positive comments and 50% negative.

    August 30, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  23. nickwolf

    Who cares? If you say no all the time....its the same no. Ponyboys or ponygirls for the rich. No ideas, no stated policies, except already historically debunked fictional economic rants.
    Tea baggers pretend that running the U.S. economy is like balancing their home budgets...but they have been proven wrong over the last 8 recessions. Even Regan knew this....and Nixon! You have to use Kensian economic facts to stimulate economies with no cash in them.......Its a proven fact. Stopping the stimulus from being large enough to turn back the spiral and inducing fear in the system is how the Republicans insured that no recovery would happen....and they could come back into power. But what they haven't said is what they would do. What they do is borrow and spend. Spend and run up the deficit.

    When will America start acting like adults and realize that not everything can be fixed immediately. Some damage lasts for decades.Thats what the Republicans gave us, thats what we will be suffering with for years.No tea gang member will change that....only make things worse.

    It does not matter who wins....If Alaska or any other State votes a fascist tea gang member or a do nothing unless it benefits the rich Repulicrat....You get what you vote for....more poverty, more jobs going overseas, more Wars of stupidity for the profit of the few. Except that with the fascist tea gang we will have more and bigger wars since their fundamentalist Christian crusaders false doctrine will be once again dredged up to create a World War. And since they are to stupid to win a war....the educated progressives in this country will have to bleed again to save their stupid butts. When will we leave these baby musilini's behind. Christianity is not being followed her.....it is being hijacked....Oh! I forgot....thats what happened to Islam. Could we actually vote for Theocratical Fascism??? Are we that scared that we need an Iatolla Beck?? I have more faith in the thinking part of Christianity....they will finally speak out once we see again the disastrous consequences of this proven false prophet malase.

    August 30, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  24. Keith in Austin

    @ Lady C and Alumette: Why do you Libbies hate Sarah Palin so much? Did she grow up to be the woman your Parents hoped YOU would become? Obviously, it must be such a disappointment for them. Now strap up your Bierkenstoks, shave your legs and go to work OK!

    August 30, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  25. Michigan Patriot

    I am a conservative, and I hope that Lisa Murkowski wins......Miller make me nervous. Its not over yet!!!

    August 30, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
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