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Mark Begich apparently still has a decent chance of winning the Alaska Senate race against the infamous felon, Sen. Stevens. He's trailing right now by 3353 votes, but there are 60,000 or more votes still remaining to be counted (absentee, early, provisional ballots). According to Begich, 25% of the ballots still remain to be counted! I had sent him a donation previously (Kos Act Blue), so I received an email from him this morning requesting continuing support for his campaign while the additional votes are counted (text after the fold).

Here's that email:

Thank you for your previous support of Mark's campaign. Like three other senate races, ours is not yet over - we're still confident Mark will be the next U.S. Senator from Alaska.

There are tens of thousands of ballots yet to be counted and thousands more in question. We need your support again so we can keep the campaign going as the final votes are counted.

Please contribute $25, $50, $100, $250 or more today so we can make sure all votes are counted.

https://donate.begich.com/...

We've been through this before. In 2003 Mark, for the first time in Anchorage's history, beat an incumbent Republican mayor - by 18 votes. He's won close elections before - but needs the resources required to do so again.

Mark currently trails Senator Stevens by 3353 votes. There are approximately 60,000 (and possibly as many as 70,000) absentee, early, and provisional ballots yet to be counted - up to 25% of the total cast. We ran an aggressive campaign to get people to vote early and absentee and have seen good results from those efforts in ballots counted so far.

Alaska statute mandates that all votes be counted within ten days of the election. With weekends, we expect that count to be completed no later than Friday, November 21.

At a press conference yesterday afternoon Mark said "We will be monitoring closely the vote counting by the state. We must do everything possible to make sure every vote is counted. Alaskans deserve that."

We will be sending staff to Fairbanks, Juneau, Nome, Wasilla, as well as here in Anchorage. This unexpected turn in the race means additional costs and we need your help one last time to raise an additional $50,000.

Will you send whatever you can - $25, $50, $100, $250, or more - to help us ensure EVERY ballot cast is counted and counted fairly?

https://donate.begich.com/...

Mark will be an amazing addition to the U.S. Senate - leading the fight for renewable energy, working with the new administration to fix our broken economy, and restoring ethics and integrity to Alaskan's representation in Washington.

It's understandable most people want to move on after Tuesday's election, but if you can help us one last time, Mark will stand up for you and your values for the next six years.

With appreciation,

Heather Rauch
Campaign Manager
Alaskans for Begich
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Paid for by Alaskans for Begich

Contributions to Alaskans for Begich are not tax deductible

The good news was reported this morning that Democrat Jeff Merkley won his Senate seat in Oregon; Al Franken still has a shot in Minnesota. A 60-vote majority is still a possibility for the Democrats!

If a veto-proof Democratic majority isn't enough to convince you, there are other good reasons to give Begich just a little more additional support (although most of us are probably experiencing donation-request-overload). I don't know about you guys, but to me, the idea of allowing a convicted felon to remain in the Senate, or, possibly even worse, allowing Sarah Palin to appoint the next Senator from Alaska as Sen. Stevens replacement (if only on a temporary basis until a special election could be held) are absolutely appalling possibilities.

You know what to do...

Originally posted to Wordie on Thu Nov 06, 2008 at 12:21 PM PST.

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  •  Tips for one more Democratic Senate vote... (36+ / 0-)

    "I'm asking you to believe. Not just in my ability to bring about real change in Washington...I'm asking you to believe in yours." - Barack Obama

    by Wordie on Thu Nov 06, 2008 at 12:22:53 PM PST

  •  Alaska (4+ / 0-)
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    Perhaps the only disappointing thing about Tuesday night.

    •  Opponents of Prop 8 would disagree. (5+ / 0-)

      Now, go spread some peace, love and understanding. Use force if necessary. - Phil N DeBlanc

      by lineatus on Thu Nov 06, 2008 at 12:26:17 PM PST

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    •  surely you don't mean (3+ / 0-)
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      only.

      Prop 8?

      We've got serious work to do. Health care and civil rights for all, please!

      by the dogs sockpuppet on Thu Nov 06, 2008 at 12:26:35 PM PST

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      •  Yep (2+ / 0-)
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        RIP Russ, lineatus

        Alaska actually didn't disappoint me that much, because I wrote them off (as voters) some time ago. Any state that elects Palin has a serious intellectual deficiency. Sending Tubes Stevens back to the senate only reinforces that.

        My actual disappointments were Prop 8 and Bachman. I don't expect AK to know better; I do expect CA and MN to know better.

        What do you call a parent that believes in abstinence only sex ed? A Grandparent.

        by ChurchofBruce on Thu Nov 06, 2008 at 12:29:38 PM PST

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        •  Ah, but the reason most AK Repub voters continued (1+ / 0-)
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          to support Stevens, imho, is that even if he is thrown out of the Senate, guess who will appoint his replacement? You betcha, it's our favorite VP candidate, Sarah Palin!

          "I'm asking you to believe. Not just in my ability to bring about real change in Washington...I'm asking you to believe in yours." - Barack Obama

          by Wordie on Thu Nov 06, 2008 at 12:33:55 PM PST

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          •  Oh, great! Double the stupid! n/t (2+ / 0-)
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            What do you call a parent that believes in abstinence only sex ed? A Grandparent.

            by ChurchofBruce on Thu Nov 06, 2008 at 12:35:08 PM PST

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          •  Didn't they change the rules on this (0+ / 0-)

            after the whole Murkowski mess?

            God bless America. God bless our troops.
            God damn George Bush to the fires of eternal damnation.

            by Bill Rehm on Thu Nov 06, 2008 at 12:43:15 PM PST

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            •  Yes. (0+ / 0-)

              And it is only been written a hundred times.  Special election. Special election.  Special election.

              Now with that said, if I were the Republican Party in Alaska I would have pushed real hard for folks to vote for Stevens.  Then once he gets tossed then run with a stronger/better Republican candidate.  Even if that candidate were to lose the special election at least there was a second chance.

              "You have attributed conditions to villainy that simply result from stupidity"

              by newfie on Thu Nov 06, 2008 at 01:10:48 PM PST

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              •  It may have been said 100 times, but incorrectly (0+ / 0-)

                As far as I can see, the AK law disallows a special election in this circumstance:

                However, if the vacancy occurs on a date that is less than 60 days before or is on or after the date of the primary election in the general election year during which a candidate to fill the office is regularly elected, the governor may not call a special election.

                Now, it might be that the Senate will not expel Stevens until next year, in which case a special election would be held. But in the meantime, Palin would appoint a temporary replacement to fill the Senate office.

                I think people are getting mixed up between the section of the AK law that refers to elected representatives in Alaska government (modified after Murkowski appointed a relative to replace himself), and the part that refers to elected representatives in the United States government. Apparently the language and requirements of the different parts of the law are not the same.

                "I'm asking you to believe. Not just in my ability to bring about real change in Washington...I'm asking you to believe in yours." - Barack Obama

                by Wordie on Thu Nov 06, 2008 at 01:39:27 PM PST

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                •  In that case, (0+ / 0-)

                  Can't the Senate have a real long investigation of him and expose his underbelly for a longer period of time - then boot him after the 60 days are up?

                  Ignore that.  Murkowski appointed his own daughter to his Senate position, so this does apply to the Senate seat.  The modification applies.

          •  I don't think so. (2+ / 0-)
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            I don't think people thought that far ahead.  I think it's just because he's been good for a lot of pork and most people love him because of that...regardless of ethics convictions, "tubes", or anything else.  As I said on another comment somewhere else, I just think people felt like they "owed" him for "all he's done for us."

            I don't think there was much "reason" in it at all.

            McCain/Palin -- "Thanks, But No Thanks"

            by just for the halibut on Thu Nov 06, 2008 at 12:44:50 PM PST

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            •  You may be right about that. (0+ / 0-)

              But jeez, what a slap in the face to the rest of the country to elect a convicted felon to the Senate.

              "I'm asking you to believe. Not just in my ability to bring about real change in Washington...I'm asking you to believe in yours." - Barack Obama

              by Wordie on Thu Nov 06, 2008 at 12:55:01 PM PST

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              •  I am no fan of Uncle Ted. (1+ / 0-)
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                What the rest of the country fails see is how big a figure Ted is in our state.  I'm not sure there's a parallel anywhere else.  There is not a native corporation, a new library, a road, or community that doesn't have his fingerprints on it somewhere.  

                And, while I think Ted's guilty, guilty, guilty, many Alaskans think that the procedural errors during the trial will lead to an overturned conviction--whether he's really guilty or not.  

                McCain/Palin -- "Thanks, But No Thanks"

                by just for the halibut on Thu Nov 06, 2008 at 02:39:28 PM PST

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                •  OK, thanks for the info. (0+ / 0-)

                  Love the name, btw, "just for the halibut," which since you're from AK makes a lot of sense. :)

                  "I'm asking you to believe. Not just in my ability to bring about real change in Washington...I'm asking you to believe in yours." - Barack Obama

                  by Wordie on Thu Nov 06, 2008 at 05:14:43 PM PST

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        •  funny thing about Bachmann (0+ / 0-)

          Just my opinion, but it seems like I remember maybe a thousand worse statements from other republicans over the last 7 years. I mean, I donated money to knock her out but I don't feel much worse about her victory than any of the others.

          I think her jackassery was just much closer to the election and fired everybody up.

    •  hmmmm (4+ / 0-)
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      RIP Russ, lineatus, SnowItch, Highwind

      you forgot Bachmann.

      Thank you America, from Canada!

      by Kanashi on Thu Nov 06, 2008 at 12:30:38 PM PST

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    •  and Michele Bachman (1+ / 0-)
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  •  this needs to be in the FP, ASAP /nt (2+ / 0-)
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    skywaker9, Wordie

    "First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win." -- Mahatma Gandhi

    by IamTheJudge on Thu Nov 06, 2008 at 12:24:42 PM PST

  •  Let him win and let the Senate vote to expel.. (2+ / 0-)
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    .. his sorry ass.

    It will lend much needed instant credibility to Congress in the eyes of the American people.

    •  and let Palin appoint Stevens successor? (3+ / 0-)
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      Words escape me, but deeds are always noticed

      by utopia on Thu Nov 06, 2008 at 12:26:14 PM PST

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      •  Well it appears he will win anyway... (0+ / 0-)

        Congress desperately needs credibility and Stevens is the perfect example of what the American people are sick of.

        I think his expulsion would go a long way in helping President Obama's initiatives.

        •  It wouldn't help as much as (2+ / 0-)
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          Wordie, utopia

          A Democrat picking up another senate seat.

          If he wins, this is the likely scenario: Stevens would get expelled, Palin would appoint herself until a special election could be held, and Palin would likely run and win that election. How the hell does that help Obama's initiatives?

      •  I think in AK the Gov does not choose - (3+ / 0-)
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        there is a special election

        •  I think that's ordinarily the case, but there may (2+ / 0-)
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          be an exception that applies in this case. Here's what the Alaska law says:

          AS 15.40.140. Condition and Time of Calling Special Election.

          When a vacancy occurs in the office of United States senator or United States representative, the governor shall, by proclamation, call a special election to be held on a date not less than 60, nor more than 90, days after the date the vacancy occurs. However, if the vacancy occurs on a date that is less than 60 days before or is on or after the date of the primary election in the general election year during which a candidate to fill the office is regularly elected, the governor may not call a special election.

          As I read that, it means that a special election will not be called.

          "I'm asking you to believe. Not just in my ability to bring about real change in Washington...I'm asking you to believe in yours." - Barack Obama

          by Wordie on Thu Nov 06, 2008 at 12:40:22 PM PST

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          •  That law is badly written (1+ / 0-)
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            The intention should be that there's no special election if the vacancy occurs between the date of the primary and the date of the general, not between the date of the primary and the end of the year.

            Remember: we are the ones we have been waiting for. Now do something: donate, organize, GOTV, investigate or spread the word

            by Calouste on Thu Nov 06, 2008 at 01:02:26 PM PST

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            •  Well maybe, but if the Senate can get (0+ / 0-)

              Stevens expelled before the end of the year, it does sort of work to the Democrats advantage, doesn't it?

              "I'm asking you to believe. Not just in my ability to bring about real change in Washington...I'm asking you to believe in yours." - Barack Obama

              by Wordie on Thu Nov 06, 2008 at 01:12:37 PM PST

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              •  Oh jeez...ignore the previous post please. (0+ / 0-)

                That came out all wrong - I have no idea what I was thinking!

                It's to the Democrats advantage to wait until after the end of the year to expel Stevens, because a special election would be better than a Palin appointment. My apologies for the confusion.

                The best of all, of course, would be for Begich to beome the Senator now.

                I'm going to go have another cup of coffee now...I apparently need it.

                "I'm asking you to believe. Not just in my ability to bring about real change in Washington...I'm asking you to believe in yours." - Barack Obama

                by Wordie on Thu Nov 06, 2008 at 01:17:17 PM PST

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                •  Looking at that (0+ / 0-)

                  There doesn't seem to be any provision to appoint at all.

                  •  Yeah, but I'm sure that's not the entire section (0+ / 0-)

                    of the law, and I've read elsewhere that the procedure is to appoint a temporary successor until the special election determines the new Senator. I'm no expert on AK law though, and that really wasn't the point of my diary. I'm hoping all the speculation about an appointment or a special election will be academic due to Begich winning. :)

                    "I'm asking you to believe. Not just in my ability to bring about real change in Washington...I'm asking you to believe in yours." - Barack Obama

                    by Wordie on Thu Nov 06, 2008 at 05:19:02 PM PST

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          •  Stevens wouldn't be expelled until the Senate (0+ / 0-)

            goes back into session, which wouldn't be until 2009.

            So even given your reading of the law, the only way Palin could appoint would be if Stevens resigns before the new year.

            •  Aren't they considering a lame duck session? nt (0+ / 0-)

              "I'm asking you to believe. Not just in my ability to bring about real change in Washington...I'm asking you to believe in yours." - Barack Obama

              by Wordie on Thu Nov 06, 2008 at 01:22:53 PM PST

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              •  You're right, I think they are (0+ / 0-)

                But would Reid have the votes to expel before the new members were sworn in?

                Either way, the law doesn't seem to grant the power to appoint under these circumstances - only that the Gov can't call a special session.

                Unless the court ruled the intent of the law was to just let the seat lie vacant until the pending election and granted the Gov the ability to call a special election, it seems like the law provides no mechanism for filling the seat at all.

    •  And give Palin the the pick? NFW. (2+ / 0-)
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      Now, go spread some peace, love and understanding. Use force if necessary. - Phil N DeBlanc

      by lineatus on Thu Nov 06, 2008 at 12:26:56 PM PST

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    •  it would still be better if Begich wins now (4+ / 0-)
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      so we don't have to endure a Begich - Palin special election next spring

      The Gov does not appoint Senator from AK for a vacancy. There is a special election.

      •  At minimum, she'd make a temporary appointment (1+ / 0-)
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        while arrangements for the special election were made. And that's not good either, since the person she appoints is certain to be awful, and would then have the advantage of incumbency in the special election. (I'm still a little unclear on how AK law would apply anyway, since there is an exception involving timing under it's special election rules.)

        At any rate, helping to get Begich elected now is the best possible approach.

        "I'm asking you to believe. Not just in my ability to bring about real change in Washington...I'm asking you to believe in yours." - Barack Obama

        by Wordie on Thu Nov 06, 2008 at 01:01:00 PM PST

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    •  If Stevens is expelled...Palin gets to pick (1+ / 0-)
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      skywaker9

      his replacement..is that what you want..? She could pick herself as his replacement....as the Governor of Alaska she has that authority....

      •  Actually no she doesn't (4+ / 0-)
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        newfie, Mahler3, terryhallinan, RIP Russ

        Under AK state law after Murkowski named his daughter to replace him, the seat stays vacant until a special election...

        "Polls are like crack, political activists know they're bad for them but they read them anyways."-Unknown

        by skywaker9 on Thu Nov 06, 2008 at 12:34:31 PM PST

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        •  I think it depends on the timing, and this case (1+ / 0-)
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          falls into the exception provided under the law, which says a special election will not be called if the vacancy occurs after the primary. OTOH, at this point the election has already been held, and Stevens still has his seat, so maybe there will be a special election. I'm no expert on Alaska law.

          Still, a way to avoid any question of all that is for Begich to win. In a Anchorage Daily News article published yesterday, Begich had this to say:

          "I would just say to Senator Stevens and his team, this race isn't over yet," Begich, the mayor of Anchorage, said Wednesday. "We've got a long haul."

          The Alaska Division of Elections said still to be counted are more than 55,000 absentee, questioned, and uncounted early votes.

          "Twenty percent of the vote hasn't even been counted," Begich said. "Areas that (Stevens) used to carry, Bush Alaska -- Dillingham, Kotzebue, Nome, Bethel, Barrow, we won them all, we won them big ... And there's a lot of absentee and questioned ballots coming in from those areas."

          The two candidates split Anchorage. Begich had a narrow edge in Fairbanks and dominated voting in Southeast Alaska.

          Begich said the Democrats made a big push for early voting, and many of those ballots have not been counted yet. His campaign was also optimistic about military absentee votes, given that Begich topped Stevens in election districts on Alaska's military installations at Fort Richardson, Fort Wainwright and Elmendorf and Eielson Air Force Bases.

          "I'm asking you to believe. Not just in my ability to bring about real change in Washington...I'm asking you to believe in yours." - Barack Obama

          by Wordie on Thu Nov 06, 2008 at 12:48:12 PM PST

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      •  The law in Alaska... (1+ / 0-)
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        allows the Governor to temporarily appoint a replacement but the Governor must call a special election within 60 days and no later than 90 days. What that would probably mean is that any republican who ran would win. We need to make sure all votes in Alaska are counted correctly. Poll numbers being off by 14% isn't possible in my mind!!

        Attention Waxman Staffers! Clean up on aisle 1600! huttotex 3/27/07

        by reflectionsv37 on Thu Nov 06, 2008 at 12:37:51 PM PST

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        •  It's depressed turnout, not poll disparity, (1+ / 0-)
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          that is the red flag.  They could not have produced
          this disparity without throwing away a lot of votes.

          The numbers here should be REALLY EASY TO CRUNCH
          in a state AS SMALL as Alaska!
          Lower turnout?? WHERE??  IN WHICH precincts??

          I guarantee you, this will simply NOT ADD UP.

          The road to hell has not YET been paved with Republicans, but it SHOULD be -- Corrected BumperSticker

          by ge0rge on Thu Nov 06, 2008 at 12:58:24 PM PST

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          •  I agree... (0+ / 0-)

            I suspect that there are a lot of pre-election ballots(those going against Stevens and young) that aren't making it into the final tally. Where are they and what did they do with them? But, what do you expect from a state that would elect Sarah Palin!

            Attention Waxman Staffers! Clean up on aisle 1600! huttotex 3/27/07

            by reflectionsv37 on Thu Nov 06, 2008 at 01:01:35 PM PST

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          •  It's not depressed turnout, it's UNCOUNTED votes. (0+ / 0-)

            There is still a huge percentage (20-25%) of ballots that remain to be counted!

            "I'm asking you to believe. Not just in my ability to bring about real change in Washington...I'm asking you to believe in yours." - Barack Obama

            by Wordie on Thu Nov 06, 2008 at 01:03:11 PM PST

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    •  Problem is, (2+ / 0-)
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      Obama wants to get stuff done right away and it will take time to get stevens expelled, and then Palin would appoint someone and a special election to take place. Those first 6 months are important for Obama and he needs that vote.

      Lets go Mark...take him down.

      My personal disapointments in no order..

      Prop 8
      Steve king winning.
      Bachmann winning.
      Franken,unless he wins.
      Dan Seals losing.
      the other referendums that went the wrong way.

      Not too bad a list,really,when you consider what could have happened.

  •  Convicted felons are by law NOT allowed to serve (1+ / 0-)
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    in the Senate, and Reid has already made it clear Stevens will be kicked to the kerb if he shows up. It's really just a question of who else it will be, now.

    •  No they are (0+ / 0-)

      Allowed to serve.  The Senate has the sole authority to expel its memebers with 2/3rds vote.

      Were he a state legislator on the other hand, it is likely he would have to resign as most states ban felons from serving in their legislatures...

      "Polls are like crack, political activists know they're bad for them but they read them anyways."-Unknown

      by skywaker9 on Thu Nov 06, 2008 at 12:28:24 PM PST

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  •  fivethirtyeight.com is questioning (4+ / 0-)
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    how feasible it is that AK - with two senate seats, corruption and Ms Palin all being voted on - cast fewer votes in 08 than 04.... Sounds like AK and GA may be having similar, shall we say, SOS issues here.

    I'd like to see ACTIONS we all can take front paged. I spoke with DSCC earlier today, and they gave me the usual 'we're working on it' tripe. Fine, but we all know how it's 'worked out' before.

    People need to hear the outrage.

  •  I'm sure Sarah will get this cleared up! (1+ / 0-)
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    "On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron."

    by Texasblu on Thu Nov 06, 2008 at 12:38:39 PM PST

  •  I hope the DSCC and DCCC are (1+ / 0-)
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    Wordie

    on this like a fly on shit.  There is no way in hell that Begich should be losing to a convicted felon with lower turnout in such a critical year, with their own Gov as a vp choice.  

    Something fucking stinks.  No way the polls are that wrong.  No way.

    We have done the impossible, and that makes us mighty.

    by TheStormofWar on Thu Nov 06, 2008 at 12:45:08 PM PST

  •  Is Barack Obama questioning it?? (0+ / 0-)

    We were supposed to have "change".
    Are we going to change vote-fraud?
    WE ALL KNOW THERE IS NO WAY, from population
    growth to registration growth to heightened interest,
    that ANY state casts fewer votes in 2008 than 2004.

    Barack Obama could be forgiven for not standing up and speaking out back when doing so might have cost him the election.  Will we see in a "change"
    in his preferred mode of passivity about these
    things??

    The road to hell has not YET been paved with Republicans, but it SHOULD be -- Corrected BumperSticker

    by ge0rge on Thu Nov 06, 2008 at 12:54:27 PM PST

  •  I'm loath to believe in the voting machine (0+ / 0-)

    conspiracy theories that some people here automatically latch onto whenever a Democrat loses a close election. I think that a lot of the discrepancies can be probably be attributed to the fact that Palin had cottails in AK.

    •  Votes still remain uncounted! Begich could win! (0+ / 0-)

      I posted a link upthread to a Anchorage newspaper article that quotes Begich as saying that the uncounted votes are from areas where he was favored, so it sounds like he still could pull it off!

      "I'm asking you to believe. Not just in my ability to bring about real change in Washington...I'm asking you to believe in yours." - Barack Obama

      by Wordie on Thu Nov 06, 2008 at 01:06:27 PM PST

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  •  I wouldn't be so quick (0+ / 0-)

    to assume that lower turnout indicates fraud.  In Hawaii, apparently there was slightly lower turnout here than four years ago, even with local-born Obama at the top of the ticket.  However, this might be explained by Republicans and conservative independents not bothering to vote, since in 2004 Bush actually tried to win the state, sending out Cheney and advertising.  I checked some of the state legislature races, Republicans got crushed not just because of high Dem turnout, but also because the GOP voters just didn't come out for them, and they lost races they really shouldn't have.

    Perhaps that's what happened in Alaska to an extent, with Palin at the top of the ticket, and corrupt Republicans running for Congress, people didn't feel like they even needed or wanted to vote.

    •  I edited my diary to stress the Begich (1+ / 0-)
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      Skaje

      statement that about 25% of the vote remains to be counted, since that really may explain the discrepancy. I hope so, cause he says that 25% includes areas where he was polling well.

      "I'm asking you to believe. Not just in my ability to bring about real change in Washington...I'm asking you to believe in yours." - Barack Obama

      by Wordie on Thu Nov 06, 2008 at 01:26:07 PM PST

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  •  Here's the part I don't understand (0+ / 0-)

    There are tens of thousands of ballots yet to be counted and thousands more in question. We need your support again so we can keep the campaign going as the final votes are counted.

    Please contribute $25, $50, $100, $250 or more today so we can make sure all votes are counted.

    The "campaign" is over.  The votes have been cast. Why does Begich need to raise money to ensure that all the votes are counted?  Isn't that the financial responsibility of the State of Alaska?

    McCain/Palin - Country Club First

    by LoneStarMike on Thu Nov 06, 2008 at 01:30:02 PM PST

    •  Well, I presume (0+ / 0-)

      he may have to hire additional legal help if he needs to challenge anything. I know there were a lot of expenses in the Gore challenge in 2000, so I presume this is different only in scale. And more importantly, he still has to keep his office open, pay staff, perhaps travel, etc., while the result is in limbo.

      "I'm asking you to believe. Not just in my ability to bring about real change in Washington...I'm asking you to believe in yours." - Barack Obama

      by Wordie on Thu Nov 06, 2008 at 01:46:24 PM PST

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