November 10th, 2010
08:31 PM ET
12 years ago

Just Released: First unofficial Alaska write-in count looks good for Murkowski

Juneau, Alaska (CNN) - Officials in Alaska have released fresh numbers in the nation's last, undecided Senate battle.

The numbers look good for GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski, the write-in candidate, and could be a sign of trouble for her opponent, Republican Joe Miller.

The state's Division of Elections released the first tallies for write-in ballots counted on Wednesday in the unresolved battle between the two candidates.

According to the unofficial results, 7,638 write-in ballots have been counted. None of the results have officially been added to any candidate's vote result. Instead, these counted write-in ballots were "sorted" into various stacks.

Of the 7,638 figure, 6,804 - or 89 percent - were sorted as clear, unambiguous votes for Murkowski. Six hundred and seventy eight write-in ballots were sorted as votes for Murkowski, but are being challenged, likely by the Miller campaign.

Eighty-nine ballots were sorted as not counting for Murkowski, but that determination is being challenged as well.

Just one write-in ballot has been sorted as a vote for Joe Miller.

If that trend continues, it would bode extremely well for Murkowski's re-election bid.

The undecided race could face protracted legal challenges. The Miller campaign has already filed a federal lawsuit to stop certain ballots from being counted.

Alaska officials tell CNN that the vote counting process is going slower than expected, and could stretch into the weekend.

Filed under: 2010 • Alaska • Joe Miller • Lisa Murkowski
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. grrace

    Well, who cares who wins the Alaska race? Murkowski and Miller are both Republicans and have the same cloned marching papers. So, it doesn't matter who wins. All Repubulicans fall in line with their directives and have no independent thought. That is why they steal ideas from the Democratic Party, put it in a copy machine, and every single Republican parrots the same mindless drivel coupled with stolen Democratic slogans like "you have a choice."

    When you've seen one Republican, you've seen them all. Just put a blank stare in your eyes and say "tax cuts" over and over again.

    November 10, 2010 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  2. grrace

    Except, when you look closer. .. Republicans only fight for "tax cuts" for the rich,,, with that creepy blank stare in their eyes, "yes, it's tax cuts (for the rich only, not for you, and blah blah), just say majic words like "tax cuts." Also, be sure to hold up your fake Jesus helps to dupe the public.
    But Americans, you have GOT to know, Republicans are not talking or concerned about tax cuts for you and me...

    November 10, 2010 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  3. Son of CSM.Wiggins

    Sara if murkowski wins then you were wrong about she not fighting for her job. It means the people of your state rejected the tea party your foolish talk ,and most of all you. I think the majority of the country will look at this and follow suit. Democracy its great ,especially when real Americans in your state burned you lmao. To steal From Tasha and Randolph Carter. " I'm Jeromi Wiggins son of active CSM. Jerome Wiggins and I approve this message". Have a Nice Day.

    November 10, 2010 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  4. Donnatella

    Miller should just concede, they don't need another liar and thief in the senate.

    November 10, 2010 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  5. E.J. in Tacoma

    Good I'm not Republican but I hope she can win over that Tea Party lumbar Jack Miller. Another one of Sarah Palins disaster endorsements!
    Go Murkowski
    EJ in Tacoma

    November 10, 2010 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  6. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    You go Alaska, Joe Miller sold himself to you on lies and now he wants to deny voters. If Miller denies you once, he'll deny you twice and he doesn't deserve to represent you.

    November 10, 2010 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  7. Clark Wilhelm Griswald

    Miller is suing to stop certain ballots from being counted. Right. Right-wingers shreik shrilly about the will of the people then sue to remove the will of those people who don't agree with them.

    Sorry Miller, Sorry Sarah, but Alaska just doesn't like you.

    November 10, 2010 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  8. Tam

    Hey, not all Alaskans are on the level of Palin and Miller. Murkowski is a Republican, but a normal one!

    November 10, 2010 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  9. Indy

    So it looks like Palin lost 100% of her big guns in the election and could not deliver her own state. It makes sense since she is not liked at all in Alaska because they know the truth about her that she would fail at bringing Joe Miller a seat. Her mouth is much faster then her brain. Last night she made a big deal out of schools wanting to ban sweets in schools and tried to scare the kids into believing that the big bad Government should not decide what kids should eat but their parents should decide. She does not have enough smarts to figure out that the schools are looking at banning certain foods so that it is the parents who decide what kids eat, and with this type of ban at school that would mean Goverment is not involved either way on high fat and sugar laced foods because there would be none offered in schools. That puts the decision in the parents hands of whether they send their kids to scholl with sweets.

    November 10, 2010 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  10. Willy Brown

    Democrats should be happy about one of their RINO's here

    November 10, 2010 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  11. Rob in MO

    It looks like another Palin-backed candidate is biting the dust. She had a bad election. Her late campaigning for the Republican senate candidate in West Va, when polls showed the race tied, ensured a comfortable victory for the democrat. Of course her 'Mama Grizzlies" Angle and O'Donnel went down to ignominous defeats in races that 4 months ago were being conceded to the republicans. I bet there are a lot of democratic politicians out there who wish that Palin had campaigned for their opponents.

    November 10, 2010 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  12. Terry

    I am happy for Murkowski and the people of Alaska. Miller will waste money with all of his court challenges, and in the end, he will still be known as Palin's Folly.

    November 10, 2010 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  13. Liz

    reminiscent of the 2000 presidential election. republicans always seem to want to make sure some votes never get counted.
    now they're doing it to each other. amazing!

    November 10, 2010 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  14. Julie C

    Laughing all the way! How's that workin' for ya, Sarah?

    November 11, 2010 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  15. Brainwashed by GOP

    If anything, I hope Murkowski wins just to show what a loser Sarah Palin is. Oh, and that Joe Miller too.

    November 11, 2010 02:15 am at 2:15 am |
  16. Liberty Queen

    Way to go Lisa Murkowski. We'd rather have Scott Allen but certainly not the sexist woman-hating afraid-of-Rachel Maddow loser Joe Miller. Hey Joe, move to another planet... and take pugalist Sarah with you.

    November 11, 2010 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
  17. jules sand-perkins

    If Murkowski has won by write-in votes, congratulations to her.
    If the legitimate voter's intention was to vote for Murkowski, that vote should go to her: this is an election, not a spelling contest.

    November 11, 2010 02:35 am at 2:35 am |
  18. Tanbiker2

    Florida, 2000, redux. Hopefully this time the bright capable woman will win and not the dumb, right wing extremist twit.

    November 11, 2010 03:14 am at 3:14 am |
  19. frankie

    We better decide this race pretty quickly. As Sarah say, when Russia decides to attack the U.S. they'll be coming through Alaska first because it's the closest American soil to Russia. Other than that, Murkowski seems to have won. All the numbers add up and Millers challenge pretty much guarantees he sees the light himself, or he wouldn't be challenging. Get over it, Miller. You lost!

    November 11, 2010 03:23 am at 3:23 am |
  20. J.V.Hodgson

    I hope ( even as an independent ) Murkowski wins Miller is not my kind of Senator!!

    November 11, 2010 04:58 am at 4:58 am |
  21. ramtruck2500

    I hope this Thug goes down big time along with the already sunk Alaska misjudged oil reserve! He is the most unpatriotic man ever in the union except maybe for some of the other good ole boys like Demint.

    November 11, 2010 06:09 am at 6:09 am |
  22. Milton K. Wiah

    The states where tea party candidates won, there is no problem like this. It should be noted as well that many of the
    tea party candidates also lost in other states, so is the case in Alaska. Joe Miller lost the election there and so should
    not continue to complicate things for this woman.

    November 11, 2010 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  23. T'sah from Virginia

    Murkowski will win – I was truly hoping Scott McAdams would be able to pull it off but, eh!!!

    This is a STRONG message to Sarah Palin MORE THAN to "Miller High Life" that Alaskans DO NOT like a QUITTER and once you QUIT – you CANNOT come back and think you can RUN THINGS!!!!! Kudos to the Alaskans!!!!

    T'sah is OUT of Campaign MODE – N2 Moving America Forward with President Obama as our LEADER!!! Yes We Can!!

    November 11, 2010 07:43 am at 7:43 am |