6,000 More Ballots Counted in Alaska, Miller's Lead Drops to 1,300
6:20 PM, Aug 31, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
The Anchorage Daily News is live-blogging the counting of 25,000 absentee and questioned ballots in the Alaska Senate GOP primary between Joe Miller and Lisa Murkowski. Miller started off the day with a 1,668-vote lead. After 6,000 ballots were counted, his lead now stands at 1,294.
As Michael Barone wrote last week, Murkowski did best in Anchorage and Miller did best in the Mat-Su valley. Miller carried Fairbanks and Kenai-Homer-Kodiak by slimmer margins, as did Murkowski in the Southern Panhandle (Juneau and Ketchikan) and Alaska native majority regions. At the current rate that Murkowski is gaining on Miller, it seems that Miller is in a good position to hold on to the lead. But stay tuned. Anything could happen.