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Published: 11/17/10

Lisa Murkowski Defeats Joe Miller, Hangs On to Alaska Senate Seat

By  Christopher Weber - Politics Daily
Lisa Murkowski Defeats Joe Miller, Hangs On to Alaska Senate Seat

After more than a week of ballot counting, Sen. Lisa Murkowski has been named the winner in Alaska, defeating tea party favorite Joe Miller and becoming the first Senate candidate in more than 50 years to win a write-in campaign. With only 700 votes left to count Wednesday afternoon, state election officials announced that Murkowski's lead was insurmountable. Related Stories Fred Thompson: It's Time for Joe Miller to 'Give It Up,' 'Show a Little Class' The Associated Press reported that the incumbent was ahead by about 10,000 votes -- a total that includes 8,153 ballots...

Published: 11/12/10

Democrats Ask Colorado Sen. Bennet to Head DSCC, Sources Say

By  Christopher Weber - Politics Daily
Democrats Ask Colorado Sen. Bennet to Head DSCC, Sources Say

Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) has been asked by Majority Leader Harry Reid to head the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Politico reported Friday, citing a senior party source. The freshman senator did not immediately decide whether to take the post, which would put him in charge of the Capitol Hill panel devoted to electing Democrats. Reid made the overture during a conversation Tuesday, Politico said. Bennet, the former Denver schools chief, hung on to his seat by fewer than 16,000 votes over GOP challenger Ken Buck after an expensive race that featured nasty TV ads. He was...

Published: 11/11/10

Joe Miller: Alaska Election Officials Using 'Different Standard' for Lisa Murkowski

By  Christopher Weber - Politics Daily
Joe Miller: Alaska Election Officials Using 'Different Standard' for Lisa Murkowski

As the counting of write-in ballots continues in Alaska, Senate candidate Joe Miller said Thursday that state election officials were using a "different standard" to judge votes for his opponent Sen. Lisa Murkowski. Miller, who has sued to disqualify any apparent votes for Murkowski that misspelled her name, told ABC News that the state Division of Elections has "decided to change the approach" to the way it counts write-ins. The reason for the special treatment, according to Miller, could be because the name "Murkowski" goes back generations in Alaska politics. Her father, Frank, was...

Published: 11/11/10

Murkowski Claims 98 Percent of Write-In Ballots in Alaska Senate Race

By  Steven Hoffer - AOL News
Murkowski Claims 98 Percent of Write-In Ballots in Alaska Senate Race

(Nov. 11) -- It doesn't matter if you spell her name "Merkowski," "Murkowsky" or "Murcowski," Alaskan write-in candidate Lisa Murkowski is feeling good about her chances to return to the Senate. Murkowski claimed 98 percent of the write-in ballots counted Wednesday when the Alaska Division of Elections began the five-day process of counting upward of 90,000 write-in ballots for a race that may produce the first successful Senate write-in campaign since 1954. "So far things look really good for us," Murkowski campaign manager Kevin Sweeney told the Anchorage Daily News. Murkowski's early...

Published: 11/10/10

Judge Denies Joe Miller's Bid to Exclude Misspelled Alaska Write-in Votes

By  Christopher Weber - Politics Daily
Judge Denies Joe Miller's Bid to Exclude Misspelled Alaska Write-in Votes

The counting of write-in ballots continues in Alaska, after a federal judge denied Senate candidate Joe Miller's request to disqualify any apparent votes for Sen. Lisa Murkowski that misspelled her name. U.S. District Court Judge Ralph Beistline said Wednesday that Miller didn't prove he would suffer "irreparable harm" if the count went on, The Associated Press reported. The Republican sued earlier Wednesday, arguing that it was illegal for the Alaska Division of Elections to exercise any discretion on voter intent on ballots where the name is not spelled exactly correct. The judge...

Published: 11/8/10

Republicans' Midterm Wave Didn't Drown Colorado Democrats

By  Sandra Fish - Politics Daily
Republicans' Midterm Wave Didn't Drown Colorado Democrats

One week after the Republican wave, GOP fingers are still pointing in Colorado, where the party saw mixed results in the 2010 midterm elections. There was good news for Colorado Republicans, for sure. GOP candidates defeated two Democratic House members, Rep. Betsy Markey in the 4th Congressional District and Rep. John Salazar in the 3rd CD. Republicans also took a narrow majority in the state House, winning it back from Democrats. They defeated incumbent Democrats in the state treasurer and secretary of state's office. And their gubernatorial candidate, Dan Maes, managed to poll 11 percent,...

Published: 11/4/10

Democrat Patty Murray Wins Fourth Term in Washington State, AP Says

By  Politics Daily Staff - Politics Daily
Democrat Patty Murray Wins Fourth Term in Washington State, AP Says

Sen. Patty Murray of Washington has won a fourth term, defeating Republican challenger Dino Rossi, the Associated Press reported Thursday evening. In a statement, the Rossi campaign said the candidate called Murray to congratulate her. Rossi said his campaign message "found a very receptive audience all across this state, though not quite receptive enough." The AP said hundreds of thousands of ballots are still uncounted but that its analysis "determined Murray's lead would be insurmountable." The Seattle Times also declared Murray the winner based on its analysis of voting trends. As...

Published: 11/4/10

Self-Financed Candidates Spent Millions, but Most Fared Poorly

By  Tom Diemer - Politics Daily
Self-Financed Candidates Spent Millions, but Most Fared Poorly

How's this for a top-10 list, Dave: The top 10 congressional candidates who spent millions of dollars of their own money on campaigns and still lost on Tuesday? Well, all right, two on the big-spender list -- a Senate candidate in Wisconsin and a House hopeful in Virginia -- were elected. But eight others, ranging from former wrestling mogul Linda McMahon (a Republican who poured $46.6 million into her Connecticut Senate match) to Democrat Susan DelBene (who dropped $2.3 million on a Washington House contest), spent their dough in vain, the Washington Post reports. The most generous with...

Published: 11/4/10

Sarah Palin's Midterm Scorecard: A Winning Record, but Some Key Losses

By  Sandra Fish - Politics Daily
Sarah Palin's Midterm Scorecard: A Winning Record, but Some Key Losses

Sarah Palin came out a big winner in terms of raw numbers Tuesday, but saw four of her key endorsees take prominent losses in the midterm elections. The former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee offered her star power -- and the occasional campaign contribution or robocall -- to more than 100 conservative candidates during the primary and general elections. A Politics Daily tally puts Palin's Tuesday successes at 62 wins, 23 losses and seven contests that are still too close to call, with Palin's candidates trailing in five of those races. That's a 70 percent win...

Published: 11/3/10

Women in Congress Expected to Suffer Net Loss of Seats

By  Bonnie Goldstein - Politics Daily
Women in Congress Expected to Suffer Net Loss of Seats

Ever since Jeannette Rankin was elected as the first woman to serve in Congress in 1917, members of the fairer sex have proven able representatives of the people's choice. Despite the fact that a record number of women candidates ran for congressional office in the 2010 midterm elections, however (with a total of 152 female candidates winning their primaries), the total number of women answering Senate and House roll calls after Jan. 3 will drop from its historic high of 90 down to 87 (not including 3 female non-voting delegates), according to projections by Women's Policy, Inc., a nonpartisan...

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