Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Alaska does it again!

Never trust polling data in Alaska.

According to the latest count, as published on Alaska's Board of Election website, Senator Lisa Murkowski is trailing her GOP/Tea Party Primary opponent by 1,960 votes, with about 98% of Alaskan precincts reporting. Leaving this closer than expected Republican Primary to absentee voters:

Joe Miller - 45,909 - 51.09%.
Murkowski - 43,949 - 48.91%.

The Anchorage Daily News is reporting that 16,000 absentee ballots were requested before yesterday's historic vote, and that 7,600 have already been returned. Absentee votes will be counted three times over the next two weeks, and Murkowski needs to win about 64% of those votes in order to have any shot at victory.

Can anyone else believe how close it is in Alaska? Obviously Palin power is alive and well within Conservative Republican ranks in her own state, but I really do wonder if this flip flop will come back to maul her in the future.

Don't trust the polls in Alaska:

The polls predicted a Don Young loss in 2008, but he won by 5.2%.
The polls predicted a 18 point Stevens' loss, but he lost by just 1.2%.
The polls predicted a 30 point Murkowski win, but she trails by 1.1%.


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