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With Mark Begich having a lead now of over 3,000 votes, AP is calling the race over. Only 2,500 votes remain to be counted, making the difference too great to overcome. Begich will go to the senate from Alaska. I suppose this dashes any hopes Sarah Palin had of becoming the next senator upon the inevitable resignation of incumbent and convicted felon (I never get tired of saying that) Ted Stevens.
But more important, it’s one more Democratic vote closer to the magical, filibuster-proof 60.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens has lost his bid for a seventh term.
The longest-serving Republican in the history of the Senate trailed Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich by 3,724 votes after Tuesday’s count.
That’s an insurmountable lead with only about 2,500 overseas ballots left to be counted.
Stevens, who turned 85 Tuesday, also revealed that he will not ask President George W. Bush to give him a pardon for his seven felony convictions.
Serious problems with vote rigging in Alaska in 2004 (which favored Republicans) were never resolved. This time around the fix is in and puts the smell of rotten fish to shame. I understand Alaska had the largest delta in the country between pre-election polls and final results – as much as 10% in guess who’s race?
Think Republican, convicted felon, old and white. If you didn’t guess Ted Stevens, you are probably a life-long Republican.
Native Alaskan, Shannyn Moore is watching closely.
Four years ago, 313,592 out of 474,740 registered voters in Alaska participated in the election-a 66% turnout. Taking into account 49,000 outstanding ballots, on Tuesday 272,633 out of 495,731 registered Alaskans showed up at the polls; a turnout of 54.9%. That’s a decrease of more than 11% in voter turnout even though passions ran high for and against Barack Obama, as well as for and against Sarah Palin!
Do read the whole thing.
One has to wonder; if the Republicans stopped cheating completely — and they are VERY GOOD cheaters (liars too…oh yeah and criminals) — how many would be left? I mean really. They are already extinct in New England.
Picture Jason Chaffetz caucusing all by himself.
From Mud-Flats, Crunching the Numbers in Alaska
In 2004, 66% of registered voters turned out to vote in the presidential election between George Bush and John Kerry.
In 2008, including the votes still outstanding, only 54% of registered voters turned out.
Huh? Lower turnout in the biggest election Alaska has ever had???
And the strangest part of all? Voter turnout in the primaries, before Palin was even on the ticket, was up 12% from 2004. We also had more than 20,000 new registered voters.
As these strange numbers rolled in at Election Central, I was there watching. Here’s how it fell out over time.
With 36% of the precincts reporting:
61.76% for McCain
35.64% for Obama
With 81.3% reporting
61.54% for McCain
35.69% for Obama
With 96.1% reporting
61.29% for McCain
35.96% for Obama
Alaska, like many states, has blue areas and red areas. The Mat-Su Valley, home of Sarah Palin is very very red. Anchorage? Blue. The Kenai Peninsula? Red. Juneau? Blue. You get the idea.
Something is very fishy in Hot Momma Fish Land.
This video juxtaposed with the one below reflects a core of arrogance in our humanity. Missing in both is a shred of enlightened thought or empathy. Both on the other hand, are expressions of our own primitive instinct to establish mercilessly, our superiority over other beings, human and animal alike.
This is the same core of our being that Republicans celebrate when they talk about individual responsibility. It is the fundamental cost of the process of unrestrained, free-form civilization.
This moved me. Call me a liberal sissy. Call me a bleeding heart. Thank God, I am not a Republican. The hypocrisy would kill me.
Yesterday, Cheryl Lockwood of Alaska Youth for Environmental Action, an 18-year-old Inuit from Alaska sobbed through her opening testimony before the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming as she described the disastrous effects of climate change on her community.
True to form, right-wing drug addict, Rush Limbaugh didn’t hesitate to attack her on his radio show.