First results are in with 27% of the vote
AK Senate – Murkowski (write in) 39% Miller (R) 34% McAdams (D) 25%
AK House – Don Young (R) 66% Harry Crawford (D) 33%
AK Governor – Sean Parnell (R) 57% Ethan Berkowitz (D) 39%
Those numbers are holding across the board with 34% of precincts reporting. Southeast Alaska and rural areas have not reported in yet.
And still they hold at 40% returns.
Don Young has entered the building. Guess what he had on his arm? Yes, the Mayor’s party planner. No, I am not kidding. This may require a trip to the beer garden.
There are chants of Don Young! Don Young! Don Young! Whoops and hollers. He’s doing the rounds with the TV stations. Lots of sign wavers with the same yellow sign he’s had for probably all 20 terms.
Scott McAdams is in the house. Cheers went up from all corners of the room. Overheard opponents’ supporters talking about what a great campaign he ran. He’s talking to TV right now and saying we’re waiting for the numbers from Southeast Alaska and Bush Alaska to come in.
Bill Wielechowski (the best Bill in Juneau) is in the house. Looks like he held his seat. So did Pete Petersen who faced tough opposition from a Karpetbagger from Kodiak. Chris Tuck also kept his spot in the legislature. All three of them are definitely “good guys.” We need to appreciate these victories which really mean a lot too.
Sean Parnell (R) has entered with scads of red balloons and cowbells. Interviewing with Mead Treadwell on Channel 2. He has taken the governor’s race.
With 68% of the vote, the AK Senate race sits at
Joe Miller 35.32%
Scott McAdams 24.36%
This is very close. If ALL of the write in votes are for Murkowski, this is a tenuous lead at best. This doesn’t count in voter error and legal challenges which are sure to come.
Joe Miller sign wavers are here. Not too many… and no sign of the Bearded One. ADN reported via Twitter that he refused to talk to the press and will not be coming to Election Central. Is anyone surprised?
***Having problems keeping the site up. If you can’t get on, go to mudflats.wordpress.com for backup.*****
Scott McAdams just sat down to talk with Shannyn on the air. He said he’s proud of the campaign.
Lisa Murkowski is in the house. Chants of “six more years.” She’s being interviewed by Channel 2 now.
Now there are chants of “We made history!” That one is premature at best. With only four points separating her and Joe Miller, and all the perils of a write-in campaign yet to be navigated, we undoubtedly will be following this election for a while longer than we’d hoped.
Senator Bill Wielechowski is on the air with Shannyn Moore. He retained his seat in a fairly conservative district. He has knocked on about 7000 doors in his district. Shoe leather, and sincere hard work has paid off for “the best Bill in Juneau.”
Thomas Van Flein, the attorney for Sarah Palin and Joe Miller is in the house. Neither of his clients are present.
The hall is starting to clear out, and the TV crews are packing up.
McAdams, Scott T. DEM 24.15%
Miller, Joe REP 64212 34.89%
Write-in Votes 73551 39.96%
With 78% of the districts reporting
Alright, time for me to pack it up too. Murkowski is not declaring victory, because obviously we don’t know anything. It’s going to be more drama, folks. Buckle up.