Thursday, September 18, 2008

Alaska Update

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If anyone had asked me back in the frosty days of January whether I'd be glued to the Alaskan primary results in September, I would have laughed. Everything seemed so clear back then. That was then....

Today, the State of Alaska certified the House (At-Large) race: Don Young (incumbent) over Sean Parnell by 304 votes. Because this difference is less than one half of one percent, if Parnell requests a recount, the costs will be paid by the State. He has five days to request the recount, so we'll see what he does. Remember, Parnell's current job is Lt. Governor, and Young's indictments will likely come through early next spring.

It appears that if Young prevails, he'll lose to Ethan Berkowitz . So, that's the House seat.

Which brings us to the Senate seat up for grabs this year in Alaska. When we last left Ted Stevens, his lawyers had unsuccessfully tried to get the case thrown out of court. Jury selection begins next week. Here's the latest DSCC ad:

And no update of Alaska would be complete without a brief mention of the fact that tomorrow, the 13 people subpoenaed to testify in front of the bipartisan "Troopergate" investigative committee are supposed to show up. Yeah, unlikely.