For the second election cycle in a row, an incredibly tight senate race will leave citizens of the See Russia From Your Kitchen State waiting about a fortnight or so to find out who will be representing them in our nation's capitol.
Will it be the lady whose daddy loves her so much he made her a senator? Will it be the make-believe lumberjack minion of Sarah Palin? Or will it be the Democrat? (Spoiler Alert: It will not be the Democrat.)
In the end, 41% of the votes went to write-in candidates while 34.3% went to the Republican nominee Miller. Under Alaska election rules, all of the ballots will be counted to determine how many were for write-in candidate Murkowski. Only 23.6% went to McAdams.
So, Democrat Scott McAdams — who has since conceded — ended with less than a quarter of the vote? Weren't there a bunch of progressive out there trying to convince us that he actually had a shot? 23.6 percent is really not very much of a percent. To put things into a little perspective, Alvin Greene — novelty candidate/comic book character in South Carolina's senate race — ended his night with 28 percent. Sure, sure, McAdams was in a three-way race. But he was in a three way race against two Republicans, one of which stomped around the state with his own personal mercenary police force and the other of which was a write-in candidate with an unspellable name.
But, you know, 41 percent over 34.3 seems pretty decisive. Sure, we don't know how many of those write-in votes were for Liza Murblowsky, but we can assume that most of them are, right? How many write-in candidates can their be?
There are also 10,645 questioned ballots according to the Anchorage Daily News, so there are a lot of votes potentially still in play for both Republican candidates. And a flood of last-minute write-in candidates, which was pushed by Miller's conservative supporters, could mean that many of those unopened write-in ballots are not for Murkowski.
So, conservatives were trying get a bunch of people to write-in votes for other non-Murglebrowski candidates? Wouldn't those people's votes have been more effective if they'd just been cast for Miller? Bah! What do I know? Fuckin' numbers! How do they work?
Originally, the state had planned to begin the count on November 18. But Lt. Gov. Craig Campbell says he wants to move the count up to start next week.
Here's what will happen: The state will begin counting absentee ballots on Tuesday. The questioned ballots will be looked at later in the week. The count of the write-in ballots will begin on Wednesday in Juneau, and could continue through Friday. Absentee write-ins will be counted as they come in, and the final count will occur on November 17 for overseas absentees.
At which point, the two remaining candidates will find out which one will be doomed to spend their time toiling in a frozen, dark wasteland mostly devoid of humanity and which one will stay in Alaska.
Tags: Alaska, Joe Miller, Lisa Murkowski, Scott McAdams, Senate