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The General Election That Will Not End, Part 1: Alaska

A week and a half after the November 4th General Election Day and a winner has not been declared in the Alaska senatorial race.

The folks in Alaska are still counting mail-in votes and votes initially rejected because they were improperly filed or damaged. Do you smell lawsuit no matter who wins?

Democrat and Anchorage mayor Mark Begich was in the lead by 814 votes as of Thursday. Republican incumbent and convicted felon Ted Stevens  was in the lead by some 3,200 votes on election night before the count of those votes began.

What’s up with the folks in Alaska that they would elect a convicted felon and this race would be so close in the first place? That Sarah Palin governorship is not such a surprise after messiness like that.

Speaking of Sarah, it’s likely that if Stevens wins, she may end up as Senator and be able to enhance her political resume’ on her way to sustained prominence within the GOP.

There are 40,000 votes still to be counted; perhaps we will know who the winner is before Christmas.

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One Alaskan Woman’s Opinion on Palin

Here is one Alaskan woman's perspective on the candidacy of Sarah Palin for VPOTUS. It is lengthy but please read it in its entirety.

An Alaskan Woman's Perspective on Sarah Palin

by Mary Clare Andrews

I am a fifty-five year old woman living in Fairbanks, Alaska. I wish to voice my strong disapproval of the choice of Sarah Palin as the Republican Vice-Presidential Candidate. I expressed total disbelief when McCain selected her, as did most people in my life. Never in my wildest dreams had I considered her to be even remotely qualified to be our nation's vice-president, much less our president should that ever be the unfortunate case. I have chosen to write down my thoughts and concerns and to share them with other voters in our state and nation. I want people to know what an Alaskan resident thinks about this choice and why. I have lived here for 30 years, and yes, my family enjoys many activities in the outdoors and in the wilderness. We own guns, we hunt, we fish, we enjoy moose burgers and caribou and salmon and halibut. We pick blueberries and cranberries and harvest gardens. We have sailed in Prince William Sound, the Gulf of Alaska and in Southeast Alaska. We have hiked and kayaked in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and other wilderness areas. We are active citizens, always vote, have raised two children here, and are proud to live in Alaska. But Governor Palin would never be our choice vice-president.

Yes, she was a mayor of a small town in Alaska with a small population of under 7000 during her tenure. She was elected with less than 700 total votes. Now she is the governor of our state which has less than 700,000 total residents, and has been so for only 18 months. She was elected with a total of 114,697 votes. Slightly over 239,000 people voted, the lowest voter turnout since 1990. You know, 17 cities in the U.S. have populations greater than the entire state of Alaska! Being Governor of Alaska is like being mayor of a U.S. city where only 239,000 people voted! She's been learning about government in a small isolated town, and in a state with a small, and isolated population. A small population base makes for a small and often less selective candidate pool. Her experience from a national and world perspective truly is miniscule. It does not make her ready to be a major player on the world stage.

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