Senator Lisa Murkowski Ahead?

November 15, 2010

Alaskan Senator Lisa Murkowski could be the first candidate to be elected to a full-term in the Senate through a write-in vote. The Juneau Empire reports that with less than 10,000 of the 98,500 write in votes left to count it looks like Senator Murkowski will win by a 2,000 vote margin.  That is if the trend that she maintains about 90% of all write-in votes continues.

Republican political novice Joe Miller was backed by Sarah Palin and Tea Party and beat Republican Lisa Murkowski in the primary by about 1,500 votes.  The senator decided to stay in the race as a write-in candidate and it looks like that was a wise choice.

Senator Murkowski is one of the few senators in Congress who possesses a deep understanding of CNMI issues as related to the foreign workers.  I hope she wins.  We should know by the end of the week.


Anonymous said...

Actually, there have been write-in wins in the Senate before, but not for a long time. The last one was Strom Thurmond in 1954.

Wendy said...

Yes, Storm Thurmund won as a write candidate after Senator Burnet Maybank died of a heart attack and William Knowland won as a write in candidate in 1946 filling the unexpired term of Hiriam Johnson. BUT Lisa Murkowski would be the only full term Senate write-in candidate. See this MSNBC article. She officially passed Miller!

Anonymous said...

I'm no fan of any of the three that ran, but I'll take the candidate NOT endorsed by Palin and the racist teamob any time.