August 25, 2004

WHAT THE HECK ARE THE REGISTRATION NUMBERS THERE?

Knowles, Murkowski to face off in November (DAN JOLING, August 25, 2004, Associated Press)

Tony Knowles and Lisa Murkowski say nothing's going to change now that they've posted primary victories.

They figured all along they'd face each other in November for the right to represent Alaska in the U.S. Senate.

"I'm going to work hard, shake hands, talk to Alaskans, listen to Alaskans and continue the message I've heard from so many Alaskans over the past months," Knowles said Tuesday night. With 426 of 439 precincts reporting, he had 34,962 votes, or 95 percent. [...]

Murkowski led former state Senate President Mike Miller 38,653, or 58 percent, to 24,575, or 37 percent, with 426 of 439 precincts reporting. Former U.S. Attorney Wev Shea was in third place with 2,492, or 4 percent.


I know even less about Alaska than about most things, but those vote totals are startling. Even with a serious challenger she still smoked Knowles?

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 25, 2004 10:04 PM
Comments

Orin -
The 2004 Almanac of American Politics gives the registration figures for Alaska as 116,435 R, 71,703 D, and 270,054 I, So the primary results don't look surprising to me.

Her daddy won by 56-41 percent in 2002, for what that's worth. And Bush carried the state 59-28-10. Yes, Nader got 10 percent of the vote in Alaska in 2000.

Posted by: Jim Miller at August 25, 2004 10:31 PM

Orrin - Sorry, I can spell sometimes.

Posted by: Jim Miller at August 25, 2004 10:36 PM

Murkowski is being hurt by the nepotism issue but Alaska is so Republican and she seems to be getting decent job reviews it is hard to believe she will lose the seat. And I'm sure Bush would prefer not to have to make a trip to Alaska to support her.

Posted by: AWW at August 25, 2004 11:04 PM
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