Thursday, November 13, 2008

Not over until....

In Alaska:
Begich, who was losing after election night, now leads Stevens by 814 votes -- 132,196 to 131,382 -- with the state still to count roughly 35,000 more ballots over the next week.
We partly have the secessionists to thank for that:
But depending on the final tally, America just might owe the Alaskan Independence Party -- whose candidate, Bob Bird, earned more than 10,000 votes -- a modest debt of gratitude. Last time, the AIP received about 3% of the vote; this time, Bird is clearing more than 4%, which would be one of many factors -- the greatest of which would be Stevens himself -- enabling a Democratic win.
Meanwhile in Minnesota:
The unofficial lead held by Coleman over Franken remained at 206 on Tuesday, when government offices were closed for Veterans Day. It's not clear whether that margin includes votes from all the counties, which were supposed to certify their ballots by midnight Monday.
Both sides are assembling hundreds of lawyers and observers to witness the recount. This one will be a nailbiter down to the bitter end and you can be sure some will be bitter when this is finally decided. Hope it's not us Franken supporters.

Oh, and don't forget Georgia.

[More posts daily at The Newshoggers and The Detroit News.]

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