WRITE-INS: Miller camp steps up challenges, threatens new lawsuit.
The Division of Elections has reviewed write-in ballots for almost half the precincts in Alaska and is counting nearly 98 percent of them for Lisa Murkowski. The Murkowski campaign is acting confident of victory and is accusing Joe Miller of taking “desperate” measures to try to win.
The state Thursday finished its second day of going through the write-in ballots in Juneau. More than 45,000 of them have been reviewed so far. Counting resumes this morning and is expected to continue through the weekend.
The Murkowski campaign said “it couldn’t be going any better” and that the Miller campaign has resorted to challenging perfectly spelled ballots.
“It’s an act of desperation,” said Anchorage ad executive John Tracy, part of the Murkowski campaign’s ballot-count-monitoring team. “Really the only thing that seems clear is that they’re trying to pump up their challenged ballot numbers.”
Examples were not hard to find of Miller observers challenging Murkowski ballots that were spelled accurately and looked to be filled out properly. More often, the challenged ballots had a letter misspelled in Murkowski’s last name or the word “Republican” written on the ballot next to it.
- Murkowski Confident as Write-in Tally Grows (politicalwire.com)
- AK-Sen: Vote counting continues, Murkowski’s tally grows (dailykos.com)
- Murkowski Camp Cries Foul in Ballot Count (foxnews.com)
- Alaska Senate Race: Lisa Murkowski Slams Delay Of Game Tactics In Write-In Ballot Count Saga (capitolhillblue.com)
- Lisa Murkowski REJECTS Joe Miller’s Vote Fraud Claims (huffingtonpost.com)