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August 31, 2010

Murky Grabs 343 Net Votes In First 2,391 Absentees
Update: But Was That From a Murky Stronghold in Anchorage?
Joe Miller Camp Says This Is Good News

Update: Oh, God.

Murkowski netted 343 votes in first 2,391 absentees. 57%.

At that rate, she will net just enough votes to overtake Miller.

Update: cinyc writes:

The Alaska Daily News reports the first batch came from HDs 17-26 in Anchorage, which went 53-47 Murkowski on election night. So she ran about 4 points ahead of her election night tally in those votes. That alone probably wouldn't put her over the top. But we need to see how the Miller strongholds voted before concluding anything.

Is That The Strongest Punch You've Got? The Miller camp says it reads this as a positive thing -- if those numbers come from a Murky stronghold and that's all she could eke out, maybe he'll be okay.

They've begun counting the 15,000 (or more) uncounted ballots in Alaska.

The Alaska Division of Elections said it expects to count 15,272 absentee, questioned and early ballots Tuesday. They're part of at least 25,500 outstanding ballots that remain to be counted one week after Miller stunned political watchers by nearly upsetting Murkowski.

The delay in vote counting is not unprecedented.

Alaskans two years ago also were kept in suspense waiting to find out who would capture the state's other U.S. Senate seat.

A week after Election Day in November 2008, roughly 30 percent of the vote -- about 90,000 ballots -- had not been counted in the race between incumbent Republican Ted Stevens and his challenger, Democrat Mark Begich.

Stevens, who died earlier this month in an airplane crash, led Begich, the mayor of Anchorage, by 3,257 votes. Begich prevailed when the early, absentee ballots and questioned ballots were tallied.

Votes trickle in slowly from "the bush."

And Mike Pence has a guy helping Miller out:

Hm. . RT @mattklewis: RT @RickKlein: Intriguing 2010/2012 tidbit: @RepMikePence has a press staffer up in Alaska helping @JoeWMiller #AKSEN

Yeah he's running.

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