Incumbent Lisa Murkowski Wins! Joe Miller - Big Cry Baby! He had tried to steal the election - after the elections. Even without counting the votes that Miller had discounted, Murkowski still wins. Miller is hellbent to dismiss what the majority of Alaskan voters want. A slight mis-spelling or not filling the oval, Miller wants your vote for Murkowski thrown out.
The United States Senate race in Alaska was unusual from the start, and determining its results has taken longer than any other contest in this year’s midterm elections. But at long last the election battle between Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) and challenger Joe Miller appears to be over.
If so, it’s a blow to the tea party movement and to former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, who not only backed Miller in her home state but also has had a long-time political grudge with Murkowski.
On Friday, Alaska Superior Court judge William Carey dismissed Miller’s complaint that misspelled write-in votes for Murkowski should be tossed out.
Incumbent Murkowski had lost the Republican Senate primary to Miller, but fought back as a write-in candidate – hoping to become the first one to successfully do so since Strom Thurmond in 1954. Still, getting voters to spell her name correctly was a challenge, and many write-in ballots had it off by a few letters.
But, Judge Carey in essence sided with those arguing that ballots where voter intent was clearly and reasonably indicated should be counted.
“If exact spellings were intended by the legislature, even with respect to the most difficult names, the legislature could have and would have said so,” he wrote. “There are many reasons why [misspellings] might happen, whether they involve a village elder who had grown up speaking his or her Native dialect, a recently naturalized citizen, a person with any one of a number of disabilities, or someone who just mistakenly left off a letter in his or her chosen candidate’s name.”
The vote count put Murkowski ahead by more 10,000 votes – still more than 2,000 if some 8,000 ballots Miller had challenged were tossed out. Link
Voter intent applies but Miller wants every mistake, every error - thrown out, no matter how slight or minor. Miller clearly showed his true colors!
The will of the Alaskan people have spoken Joe - Get over it!
The Will of the People - isn't this what the Tea party is all about?!