Diary

Alaska Isn't Finished

Breaking news: Alaska election officials started ballot count without notifying us but told the Murkowski campaign. Legal action may be pending. Stay tuned.

Have you followed the news from Alaska? Are you as puzzled as me why the media believes that Lisa Murkowski was re-elected?

No winner has been declared in this race.

In fact, we’re still waiting for ballots to be counted, which won’t start until next week.

Absentee ballot counting started this afternoon, and the write-in ballot count is scheduled to start next week.

We remain optimistic that we will prevail in this election.

Previous write-in campaigns in Alaska have demonstrated that as much as 5 to 6% of returned ballots have not met the standard to be counted as a valid vote.

As with any write-in campaign, the burden of execution rests with the candidate whose name is not on the ballot.  Candidates who mount a write-in campaign opt for an uphill battle. At this point, without a single write-in ballot counted, Lisa Murkowski has no claim on a victory.

To complicate the matter, the Division of Elections has yet to adequately explain how a ballot will be marked in favor of a candidate. The current standards are extraordinarily ambiguous.

I’m sure you keep hearing updates and conflicting reports as events progress. Here is what we know:

  • Write-in ballots for me will count. This announcement reverses a previous decision made by Lieutenant Governor Craig Campbell.
  • Thousands of dollars are pouring in to help us ensure a fair count of ballots. Please continue to help support us. Click here to make a donation.
  • The National Republican Senatorial Committee, Governor Mike Huckabee’s HuckPAC, and Senator Jim DeMint’s Senate Conservative Fund are working with us to raise money for potential legal challenges and the expenses relating to hand counts of ballots.
  • Rumors are escalating that rampant voter fraud occurred in the state to
    benefit my opponents. We are tracking these and investigating the claims.
  • Lisa Murkowski has called on her circle of DC insiders for support. Her campaign hired Ben Ginsberg a Washington-based lawyer who worked on the Bush recount in 2000.
  • Murkowki’s Beltway friends are holding a fundraising luncheon on Monday in Washington. A number of newspapers in DC reported that an email invitation was sent to lobbyists and special interests urging them to donate.

While we’re making strides in Alaska to ensure fairness, we still need your help. The media and Washington insiders have declared Murkowski the winner in this race.

We know that true conservatives – like you and me – are waiting to see the time-honored traditions of a democratic election followed. As we’ve said before, “write-in” is not a winner, and the ballots must be completely counted before this race can be decided.

Without your help to cover the expense of legal counsel, poll watchers and
volunteers, politics as usual will reign supreme in Alaska. Help us ensure a fair vote count. Click here to make a donation of $100, $75, $50 or $25 today.

We need your support today to make sure votes are fairly counted, and Alaskans are given a fair election.