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

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

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption =" 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. Anonymous

    mette August 30th, 2010 12:29 pm ET
    Sarah Palin got no wisdom from time. She is stuck somewhere between the gold rush and frontier women. No progress made.

    Sarah Palin is an illiterate, ignorant bumpkin who thinks that all knowledge and learning ended in the 18th century...when Alaskans still spoke Russian. But don't ask Palin too many questions about Alaskan history; if her aide didn't write it down on the palm of Palin's hand, Sarah won't know the answer (although it would fun to have Palin on Jeopardy so we can see how long in -dolalrs amounts a candidates goes if she misses every answer).

    And her daughter Bristol, the model of the conservative parent's child, is an illiterature, unemployed high school drop-out and unwed teenage mother.

    August 30, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  2. TangledThorns

    I predict Murkowski will pull a Al Franken and steal this election!

    August 30, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
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