What an incredible day. It’s still sinking in that we have a President Elect Obama. I just returned from Election Central in downtown Anchorage. Many candidates were there, and everyone was feeling very festive. The Barack Obama campaign people came in with huge signs and the place went wild with chants of Yes We Can! It was electric.
I will tell you all about the evening tomorrow, Mudflatters… I am so overwhelmed by this historic night that words aren’t coming.
It looks like neither the Senate race between convicTed Stevens and Mark Begich, nor the House race between Don Young and Ethan Berkowitz will be decided tonight. Both races are close, and there are almost 70,000 ballots that were submitted via early voting between Thursday and yesterday that are not figured into tonight’s count.
Stevens and Young are both ahead by single digits, but as of now, the precincts that have reported are the more Republican districts, so the race will tighten before the night is over. And early voting also tended to favor Democrats. So the race goes on in Alaska for the next 10 days. I remain hopeful.
And on a personal note….thanks to all of you for sharing the highs and lows of the past two months. Your support, and enthusiasm, and intelligence have carried this blogger through what would have been a difficult and challenging time over the past several months. You have buoyed my spirits with kind words, and made me feel useful on days when frustration was overwhelming. If I can credit Sarah Palin with anything, it is bringing together this far-flung group of incredible people from Australia to Alaska and all points in-between who otherwise would never have crossed paths.
Whether you are frequent posters on the blog, forum devotees, chat room regulars, or lurkers who have come to know us in silence, you are all lovely dots on the Mudflats map and have been part of this wonderful collective.
I will continue to do what I have been doing here, although work, family, and my disaster of a house will need to take some of my time. I was blogging before Sarah Palin’s unlikely rise to the national stage, and hopefully will be doing this after her time is up. I’m not worried that Alaska will run out of muck any time soon.
(Raises glass) To you Mudflatters, and to a brave new chapter in American history. Yes we can.