As Yogi Berra said, “it ain’t over until it’s over,” but this looks like an ominous development for Joe Miller:
The Division of Elections reports that it went through the write-in ballots for nearly 20 percent of the precincts in Alaska today.
More than 89 percent of the write-ins were unchallenged for Murkowski.
There were another 8.5 percent of the ballots that were challenged by Miller campaign observers but Division of Elections Director Gail Fenumiai ruled they should be counted for Murkowski. Those challenges could end up being decided in court.
Miller campaign observers successfully challenged only 1.44 percent of the 19,203 ballots that were counted throughout the day.
There ended up being 164 write-in votes for people other than Murkowski.
Two people wrote in Joe Miller.
As I understand it, a person who writes in Joe Miller will have their vote counted as a vote for Joe Miller; under Alaska law, writing in a name that is listed on the ballot is a valid vote.