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Murkowski Holds Insurmountable Lead, Miller Wants Hand Recount

With the numbers now completely against him, Alaska Senate candidate Joe Miller is moving on the the phase of the post-election battle where the only goal seems to be to run up legal fees and delay the inevitable:

Sen. Lisa Murkowski enjoys an apparently insurmountable 10,400-vote lead over Joe Miller after the weeklong review of write-in ballots. But the Miller campaign isn’t giving up and says Alaska’s computerized voting system is “suspect.”

The Miller campaign wants the Division of Elections to recount the entire Senate race by hand, spokesman Randy DeSoto said Tuesday night.

Even subtracting all the votes counted for Murkowski but challenged by the Miller campaign, Murkowski would still be ahead by 2,247 votes. That margin appears to make Miller’s lawsuit asking the courts to toss out misspelled votes irrelevant. There aren’t enough misspelled votes identified for Miller to win.

But DeSoto said that the lawsuit is continuing and the campaign hopes a hand recount will pick up more Miller votes. There were more than 255,000 votes cast in Alaska’s Senate election.

DeSoto noted the write-in ballots were reviewed by hand to see what name voters wrote in. “Given how close the vote totals are, Miller needs to be given the same opportunity of having all of his ballots inspected and counted by hand to ensure every vote cast for him is counted,” DeSoto said in a written statement.

Even if Miller’s request were granted, the odds that a hand recount would uncover enough votes to make up a 2,247 margin are slim, and the odds that it would uncover enough votes to make up a 10,000 vote margin are non-existent. Miller needs to just give up at this point.

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Doug holds a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May, 2010 and also writes at Below The Beltway. Follow Doug on Twitter | Facebook

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  1. rodney dill says:

    Dontcha just hate a sore loser.

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  2. tom p says:

    “Dontcha just hate a sore loser.”

    Which one?

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  3. Franklin says:

    I’m sure Joe Miller is against government waste, so he’ll gladly pay for all of this, right?

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  4. anjin-san says:

    Good to see the tea party is all about the will of the people…

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  5. Jack says:

    Doesn’t this just drive home the point that none of our politicians (even those supported by the Tea Partiers) aren’t interested in “the will of the people” but instead are all about winning, no matter what?

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  6. Jack says:

    Gah, misworded that because I changed thoughts midstream, it should read:

    Doesn’t this just drive home the point that none of our politicians (even those supported by the Tea Partiers) are interested in “the will of the people” but instead are all about winning, no matter what?

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  7. Steve Verdon says:

    Can’t we tell Miller to just take his sorry posterior home? Jesus talk about being a sore loser.

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  8. [...] Up, Joe, writes libertarian blogger Doug Mataconis at Outside the Beltway Even if Miller’s request were granted, the odds that a hand recount would [...]

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