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Alaska Races, Post-Palin

The news that John McCain has chosen Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to serve as his running mate may only be a few hours old, but it's never too early to start looking ahead to November. The Alaska political world was already a confusing jumble before today's big announcement, so let's consider what this means in three races in The Last Frontier:

1) The House Race. As of this writing, the Republican primary that happened Tuesday between Rep. Don Young and Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell is unsettled, with Young barely leading and thousands of votes left to be counted. It will likely remain unresolved for at least a few weeks. There is no automatic recount in Alaska, but the state will conduct one if the loser asks. If the results are certified with Parnell trailing, what will he do? The prospect that Palin could win the vice presidency and open up the state's top job might give Parnell the incentive not to keep fighting in the House contest. If McCain/Palin win, Parnell is governor, and if they lose, he's still got a decent job as Lt. Gov. And what if McCain/Palin win, and Parnell wins both the primary and the general election to the House seat? State Attorney General Talis Colberg (R) would become governor.

2) The Senate Race. Make no mistake, Sen. Ted Stevens (R) was in serious trouble before the Palin pick, and he is still in trouble today. Polls suggest he is trailing Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich (D) by a wide margin. Don't expect Palin to campaign for him this fall (or for Young, if he wins the House primary), and Stevens also has that pesky corruption trial slated to start in September. But let's say, for the sake of argument, that Stevens manages to close the gap and keep the race at least competitive. You have to expect that turnout in Alaska, particularly for Republicans, will now go off the charts with Palin on the presidential ticket. Might it be just enough to save Uncle Ted? Okay, probably not. But it could help the winner of the aforementioned House GOP primary beat former state Rep. Ethan Berkowitz (D) in that contest.

3) The Presidential Race. Believe it or not, until today there was actually some talk in the political world that Alaska might just be in play in November on the presidential level. After all, Barack Obama actually has paid staff on the ground, which is nearly unheard of for a Democrat in the state, and polls have shown a tight contest there. Now, not so much. You can put Alaska safely in the red category on your electoral map. Sure, the state only has three electoral votes, but it's looking increasingly like every single one will matter.

By Ben Pershing  |  August 29, 2008; 5:00 PM ET
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Was Palin hand-picked by Cheney? She can be packaged nicely for the conservatives--but Alaskans have found her "reformer" image is only skin deep. She supported Parnell over Young. Parnell, her Lt. Governor, was responsible for inaccurate and misleading wording on ballot initiatives in the primary last week. As a result, Alaskans voted to shoot wolves, bears, and wolverines from airplanes, opposed clean elections, and opposed clean water. Not the kind of leadership we need in Washington. No Palin. No how. No way.

Posted by: kmkm | August 29, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

First, I would like to say, this woman just had a baby 4 months ago, a Down syndrome baby! And she's talking about leaving that infant to traipse about the country as VP? Give me a break! What kind of mother would do that?

Second, I think that this makes the Republicans look very desperate. It proves, first of all, that they didn't think they could beat Obama with the obvious choices for VP. It also proves, second of all, that they won't beat him. By this very move I am confident that OBAMA is the next president of the USA!

Who in there right mind would vote for McCain after pulling something so risky with our country at stake?! OMG doesn't he know we are facing financial ruin, terrorists on every side, war and rumors of war up the ying yang?! What did he think that just because she is a woman, that women all over the country would be so excited that we would throw away our country for 4 more years of debt, war, and insanity? GIVE ME A BREAK!...

If this is all the republicans got, they may as well salute our new commander and chief, President Barak Obama!

Posted by: Dawsolene Burrel | August 29, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

My bet is that you - like Obama - have never been to Alaska.

On election night, Ted Stevens said that he wasn't surprised by his primary win as his internal polling numbers matched up with his actual performance. He then went on to say that his polling shows him winning in November.

Ted has been in politics for over 50 years. He is a very shrewd cookie. My bet is that the charges get reduced or tossed early in the trial and he wins re-election.

Posted by: JimAK | August 29, 2008 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Time for one more funny add:

"Do you want the Red Phone to ring at 3 AM in the morning, the President is not fit to answer it, and the VP is busy shooting moose in the dark, from AirForce-1, so it's Karl Rove who answers it?"

Heck NO!

Posted by: El Mugroso | August 29, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

palin is dan quayle in drag. old, older, oldest, mccain needed someone that was young, energetic, fervently pro-christian (ie pro-life, guns, racist ...) and completely clueless and non-threatening to mccain. everyone looks at cheney as the one that really runs the country (which is true, bush is dribbling moron compared to cheney, well bush is a dribbling moron compared to just about all humans, and most monkeys as well!!). the rove, cheney, gingrich, limbaugh, rumsfeld, good old RNC boys will squash this "hokey mom" into her figure head position, VERY QUICKLY.
it will be interesting to see how many women will vote for this anti-women VP, in the fall.

schleprock

Posted by: schleprcock | August 29, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

All those making the Quayle comparisons need to remember one thing; Bush/Quayle won! Now I know that Obama is no Dukakis, but we who suppport Barack Obama should surely not get cocky or over confident. Additionally, lets not just make the instant leap that Palin will be a pushover in the debates. In other words let's not to the Republicans job of setting low expectations for them.

Just a few thoughts.

Posted by: DanS | August 29, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin :-)

Kúnáx wook’éi Last night was great for us too.

Obama/Biden, Obamacans, Susan Eisenhower and 80,000 supporters energized and inspired us watching them on TV. Yes we Can!

Democrats and Obamacans courting all Republican and Independent voters -

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Dean Martin & John Wayne
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Elvis Presley - Love Me Tender
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Matthew 7:7

Obamacan's - “The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry.”
William F. Buckley, Jr. quote

Vote Obama/Biden '08

Posted by: Yeil nas’gadooshú | August 29, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Palin is the Governor of the largest State in the Union that shares a border with two countries: RUSSIA AND CANADA.She manages these relations geographically isolated and she is well loved. She HAS FAR MORE EXECUTIVE EXPERIENCE THAN Obama - who was merely a parttime unpaid state senator before sort of becoming a senator for 3 years of which he's spent most of it running for prez. So shut up about her lack of experience. She DEMOLISHES obama on experience. Dems just hate women. They take them for granted. Just like they used to hate black people .. and then the republican party came along and liberated black people. So, Dems are WAAAAAY off in attacking this fine Governor of the GREAT STATE OF ALASKA .. THE LARGEST STATE IN THE UNION THAT SHARES A BORDER WITH RUSSIA AND CANADA AND HAS DONE IT GRACEFULLY AND EFFECTIVELY!

Posted by: mordezlet | August 29, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

She is anti choice, anti gay equality,
anti equal pay, and involved in troopergate in her state. She is trying to have her former brother-in law fired from his state police job...
She is a reporter and at 3 am if anything happens to the president we will have enough reporters in Washington.

HOW IN THE WORLD DID THIS HAPPEN?

IT HAS TO BE BIG OIL AND BIG BUSINESS INVOLVED IN GETTING INTO HER STATE TO SUCK IT DRY...

WATCH EVEN IF SHE DOES NOT GET ELECTED THEY WILL GIVE HER A HUGE JOB TO NETWORK FOR LARGE OIL...

YES, ANOTHER BUSH FRIEND PROB NEEDS A FEW
MORE BILLIONS WORTH OF OIL, GAS, AND THE
DESTRUCTION OF ALASKA...

THE REPUBLICANS HAVE NEVER BEEN ABOUT ALTERNATIVE ENERGRY...

WATCH THE MOVIE "DEATH OF THE ELECTRIC CAR"
AND SEE HOW BUSH KILLED IT!

big business, oil industry, lobbies, and politicians =
vice presidental selection from Alaska
wake up...wake up...wake up...wake up...
first a war for oil and now Alaska oil!!!

Posted by: DEB-Z | August 29, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Obama/Biden '08

Mark Begich for U.S. Senate

Ethan Berkowitz for U.S. Representative

Posted by: Eagle Ch’áak’s Daughter | August 29, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

She is anti choice, anti gay equality,
anti equal pay, and involved in troopergate in her state. She is trying to have her former brother-in law fired from his state police job...
She is a reporter and at 3 am if anything happens to the president we will have enough reporters in Washington.

HOW IN THE WORLD DID THIS HAPPEN?

IT HAS TO BE BIG OIL AND BIG BUSINESS INVOLVED IN GETTING INTO HER STATE TO SUCK IT DRY...

WATCH EVEN IF SHE DOES NOT GET ELECTED THEY WILL GIVE HER A HUGE JOB TO NETWORK FOR LARGE OIL...

YES, ANOTHER BUSH FRIEND PROB NEEDS A FEW
MORE BILLIONS WORTH OF OIL, GAS, AND THE
DESTRUCTION OF ALASKA...

THE REPUBLICANS HAVE NEVER BEEN ABOUT ALTERNATIVE ENERGRY...

WATCH THE MOVIE "DEATH OF THE ELECTRIC CAR"
AND SEE HOW BUSH KILLED IT!

big business, oil industry, lobbies, and politicians =
vice presidental selection from Alaska
wake up...wake up...wake up...wake up...
first a war for oil and now Alaska oil!!!

Posted by: DEB-Z | August 29, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Was for McCain, no longer. I am so proud that we live in a time when the sky is the limit for women in this country but Sarah Palin has no business being in the White House God forbid somthing happens to McCain. She has no experience to even be considered to run this country/world... No way.. I feel like this is all a bad deram, we cant let this happen. Us Republicans need to wake up, are we really going to let McCain hijack our party. I call for all out war at our convention next week!

Posted by: Rebecca Cross | August 29, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

I was very surprised by Senator McCain's selection. I agree with DanS, don't think that Palin will be a push over. We who support Obama, need to continue to hit the ground running and not stop until every vote is counted on election day. No one thought that Bush would have picked Quayle. But they still won! Please don't underestimate this ticket.

I read that Gov. Palin went back to work 3 days after her baby was born.... Wow! Is she that much of a work-aholic or did she want to escape, the "mother role" with a newborn with downs syndrome? I am not accusing her of anything, I just think that is a little too soon to separate from the baby.

We need more than a pretty face to run this country.

God Bless America!
Obama '08

Posted by: April | August 29, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Us Alaska Natives love politics!

- No outrageous personal attacks against both Canidiates on either side! Stick to the issues!

- If you don't believe us just ask Alaska Democrat State Senator Albert Kookesh, Georgia Lincoln, Ethan Berkowitz or Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin!

Posted by: Ch’áak’ | August 29, 2008 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Is this where all the Alaskans are hanging out tonight :-D

Go Democrats! Love the Democrat Convention very exciting. See some friends are already posting here!

Yes to Obama/Biden!

Yes to Mark Begich for U.S. Senate!

Yes to Ethan Berkowitz for U.S. Representative!

I want Congratulate Alaska Gov Sarah Palin too.

Posted by: Eva | August 29, 2008 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Qualye was elected with Bush and lost with his mentor in '92 against Clinton. He was a nonfactor the whole campaign.

Posted by: douglas | August 29, 2008 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Lets see, we have two Socialists/Communists on the Democrat side and two Conseratives/Capitalists on the Republican side. Socialism has been proven NOT to work thousands of times and Capitalism is where jobs, wealth and growth are created. I think the choice is clear.

P.S. Keep Keith Olbermann on Air America TV (MSNBC). His stupid onesided comments will help get McCain elected. Go Keith!!

Posted by: Skippy Johnson | August 29, 2008 11:53 PM | Report abuse

How dare Sarah Palen claim to be the final punch through "the 18million cracks in the glass ceiling." Sarah Palen had nothing to do with creating that historical breakthrough, and she doesn't come close to being in Hillary Clinton's league. What arrogance to try to piggy-back her limp credentials on Clinton's. And what an insult by McCain to assume that Hillary supporters would vote for just any other woman simply because she is a woman.

Posted by: Alexandra | August 30, 2008 12:34 AM | Report abuse

Historic? For the republicans yes. For the democrats it's 25 years ago. And this is exactly what Hillary meant. Remember 1984? Mondale/Ferraro? Too bad for the republicans, this choice was borne out of the force of Hillary Clintons campaign. And too bad Sarah will Pal-in comparison. Forget about her position on abortion.. Palin is a creationist. Which means she thinks the earth is about 2500 years old and that at one time in our past, humans domesticated dinosaurs. (Perhaps we gave them cute names too... like Rexy or Bronty.. oh I dunno..) I'm sure she'll make better choices though... don't worry.

Posted by: Will D. | August 30, 2008 1:41 AM | Report abuse

McCain-Palin all the way! shirts available at http://www.cafepress.com/coyoteloco/5926583

Posted by: Steve | August 30, 2008 3:25 AM | Report abuse

If elected as V.P., Sarah Palin could be likened unto a modern day "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington". Oh, but maybe that's to corny for cynical political observers to consider. The idea that a hard working lady grounded in family and community who has worked real jobs in the private sector and who later in life turned into a fearless crusader for ethics in state politics and who currently popularly governs, in bi-partisan fashion, the most important energy state in our nation, would now have the audacity to also be willing to help govern wisely at the national level...well that's just too unconventional. How sad for our country when so many voters seem to think that we should only consider 'professional', life-long politicians as viable candidates for our highest offices.

As for me, I've lived for some of my 60 years within the capitol beltway and over my adult life I've have seen plenty of politicians come and go. Sarah Palin is the 'real deal'. After all of the filth, corruption and cronyism of the past 16 years in Congress and in the White house, I'm more than ready for an honest, courageous, principled, community-minded and common sense 'citizen' in office...just like our country's founding fathers envisioned. Why should anyone care about what Sara Palin's personal religious beliefs are when it's clear she has fought sucessfully for clean ethics in her party and in state government and has governed in a bi-partisan, consensus-building and common sense manner. Let's get real about what are truely important qualities for the leaders we elect.

Posted by: James Taaffe/Fairbanks/ | August 30, 2008 4:29 AM | Report abuse

Electing Sarah Palin is like John McCain holding up a baby for protection when he is being shot at. It's very apparent that the Republican Party does not respect women with this choice. Palin is no Hillary Clinton- this is an insult to all women on oh so many levels.

Posted by: this election counts | August 30, 2008 6:01 AM | Report abuse

Experience matters.

anyone can run their mouth.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 6:16 AM | Report abuse

The people of this nation can stomach quite a bit. But the one thing they can't stomach is the image of a vice president with a mouthful of c0ck.

Posted by: kermit | August 30, 2008 7:24 AM | Report abuse

Whew...do I detect a little nervousness from the liberals about the choice of Sarah Palin?

All of those who, over the years, have believed women should be promoted just because of their sex are now making all kinds of excuses why a qualified Sarah Palin shouldn't even be picked - babies, she's a woman, etc.

Guess I shouldn't be surprised...those who claim they stand for diversity and women's rights only believe that if the woman (or person of color) is radically left in their beliefs.

McCain / Palin 2008! Change I can believe in!

Posted by: sharprightturn | August 30, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Congratulations Gov. Sarah Palin. This will be a close race so we know you don't mind us posting the following -

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Go Obama/Biden '08

Posted by: Dewey Skan Fan | August 30, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Blueberry Recipes for Voters

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Yes we can!

Obama/Biden 08
Mark Begich for U.S. Senate
Ethan Berkowitz for U.S. Representative

Posted by: Nancy Barne's Fan | August 30, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

I used to observe republicans are more mean spirited than democrats. But seems nowadays democrats are more undemocratic and mean spirited, out of their blinded love for Obama. The attacks (some even fully smell of blatant sexism) leveled on Palin (and not so long ago on Hillary) by the media and the Barack supporters in forum comments just proved that. Both parties are just as nasty when it comes to politics. Change and hope are only big words to fool people. Nobody give us a real solution how to fix the economy and make America competitive again. Obama talked about cutting tax, a pathetic political expedient ploy borrowed from Repulican to woo voters but will do more harm to the economy by making government budget deficit greater and US dollar depreciates even more. He's wrong on Iraq and backing away everyday from how fast to pull out the troops. He's no more inspiring than snake oil sales man that give you empty promises. Seems to me that Palin is more of a change person. She demostrated guts and integrity fighting the corrupted power in her own party. Wish her to be a president sometime, if not VP this time. This also demonstrate that despite old, McCain is more a change person by making decisions for what's right but not what's everybody else say so.

Posted by: independent mind | August 30, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Gov. Sarah Palin firmly put her foot in her mouth during her debut speech. She violated the first premise of operational security for military families. She announced to a world-wide audience her son’s specific unit, his MOS (military occupational specialty) and the specific dates of the unit’s deployment. This just is not done, ever. If I were the commander of that unit I would be screaming to the Pentagon to change the deployment and I would transfer that boy as far away from my unit as I could.

BTW, I am a military father and I did command an Air Force squadron during the Vietnam War.

Sarah Palin does not understand national security and she does not understand the needs of our great military.

Posted by: Loose Lips Sink Ships | August 30, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

So, if that's what you conclude -- what becomes of his "Country First" slogan? Don't you have to conclude that he's put the country at risk to achieve his personal ambitions? Here's what one friend and former colleague, a woman and a longtime admirer of McCain, e-mailed today:

"I take back anything positive i ever said about john mccain....he put an unqualified, inexperienced light-weight a heart beat away from the presidency. reckless, unconscionable and utterly unforgivable. i'm done with him forever....he put politics ahead of the welfare of the country. i expect that of bush, not john mccain. i feel completely betrayed."

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 5:50 AM | Report abuse

Why doesn't Washington post the news anymore. It has been reported with the audio tape. That Mccains Vp pick Palin was laughing at terrible insults of her opponenet Sen. Lyda Green. Bob and Mark Called Sen. Lyda Green a B**ch, over weight and called her a cancer and Palin was full aware that Sen. Green was diagnoised with cancer. Throughout the show all Palin could do is laugh at all of the insults Bob and Mark said against her rival even when they asked does she cares about her kids. Palin didn't repudiate any of the insults. Palin who has a down syndrome child and 4 other children should have been offended but not once did the governor tell the disk jockeys what they were saying about her opponent was inappropiate. Also, I wonder if Cindy Mccain would find that offensive. I don't think Hillary Clinton would laugh through an interview when the disk jockey's are attacking her opponent on weight, her children, and having cancer. Besides Mccain had cancer 4 times, I wonder what Mccain would say about that. We don't know this woman and definately doesn't know how Alaskin politics are down over there but in this election comments like that would have been repudiated and not laughed at. Then after the disgracefull interview Bob Lester asked if he could visti Palin and she responded by saying " I'll be honored to have you." Mccain made a big mistake chosing Palin, somebody he doesn't even know.

Posted by: Sarah | August 31, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Several months ago, I’d been asked by a Hillary supporter, “If not Hillary, who? …and if not now, when?” … and I said “How about Sarah Palin, young reformist Republican Governor of Alaska? Maybe she’ll give a great speech at the Republican Convention and end up the Nominee next time…hey, it worked for Obama!”

Ironic, ain’t it?

Now I need to know more about Palin. Good sign…someone said she vetoed a Bill that would have removed benefits from same-sex partners employed by the State government (if anyone has a reference for that, I’d appreciate a link). I appreciate what seem to be her reformist and ‘speak truth to power’ tendencies…though it’s starting to come out that some of her initiatives seem motivated as much by a personal grudge against those that slighted her, as by a real ‘honesty in government’ mindset. Again, any references, against or in support, are appreciated.

Posted by: purplemartin | August 31, 2008 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Why do you assume Sarah will abandon her child? She takes this child to work, as she has her others. She is a terrific mom and professional. Maybe you should consider finding accurate information about the person or topic you are discussing before you make pronouncements.

Posted by: alaskan girl | August 31, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

To Alexandra,

EVERY woman I know would thank God that Sarah is nothing like Ms Clinton.

Posted by: sherri | August 31, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Palin has a track record of actually accomplishing something of significance in just the two short years that she has been governor. I hear a lot of promises from Obama,like "all" Pres canidates, but nothing of what he has already accomplished. "For the GOOD of the people" I might add.

Posted by: Dee | August 31, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Palin has little, if ANY, significant 'executive' experience! Oops, I forgot, she did, in her tiny little, so-called city, have part-time positions on the local PTA board, a part-time job as a local sports announcer, fill a part-time position on her local City Council, and then, and she served in what is considered a part-time position with few if any significant duties, as it's Mayor for a few years. Oh, and of course, let's not forget, she's been in the training stage of one and a half years as Governor of Alaska, and lets note that after-all, Alaska is a 'huge' state, as it's been made wealthy from oil and has a tiny population of 683,000! Sorry, but it's very clear that she and many other Republicans have grossly padded her resume by claiming the above gave her 'years of valuable public service and executive experience'! Her actual experience and record of accomplishments is so thin it could be listed on fewer than two sheets of paper, in less than 100 words. Oh, I guess it's only fair to include some other 'qualifications', in that she does show an uncanny ability to change/distort her positions on issues after the fact, thinks it's ok to ignore the rules of law and privacy if it helps her or her family in a personal matter, believes she knows which science is fact and which is really just a myth, and she has recently openly stated that Alaska is in a
partnership with oil companies. She believes that the money that comes from oil is precious and any of Alaska's wildlife that stands in the way of oil drilling is expendable, just in the way of progress. Also, the passage of clean water bills would mean
wasting the Government's money and would further impede economic progress. And, goodie, goodie, she hasn't ever had a passport. All of which, surely do make her the ideal person to deal with domestic and foreign policy issues. Oops again, how can I not mention she's a good pick for the second highest and possibly the highest position in the nation because she's an ordinary not from Washington woman, in her own words, just a hockey mom, she's showed she has good breeding skills by birthing five children, when she was a young woman she played (ruthlessly) on and even coached a basketball team, she even shoots a gun often and well, skins and actually cooks the moose she herself killed for dinner, and she has shown a fierce desire for ethic reform. She shows she's all for ethic reform by the fact that she's under investigation for charges of 'abuse of power', accused of firing someone who refused to buckle under when her staff, her husband and/or her, made numerous calls/requests to have her sister's ex-husband fired while he and her sister were engaged in a personal bitter custody battle, but changed her memory of the facts and adamantly denies she did anything wrong. Furthermore, she has good ethics because she has shown that she's a good, thoughtful and loving wife by forwarding to her husband, an employee of BP oil company and part-time summer commercial fisherman, copies of every Government for inter-agency use only documents that are not for distribution to the public, Gee, with all those credentials, why not just start right at the top, elect her President instead of VP! Why wait! She has it all, especially in that she claims she's already fully qualified, she's got a record as a reformer, and she's eager to get started with all that needed 'reform' in the Government! Bet she'd say that would be 'cool', 'cool' being a
word she uses quite when she expresses an opinion. Wow, that's just so eloquent and I'm sure it would be very effectively
used when discussing with domestic and foreign leaders prospects and plans for future peace, health, and wealth for all.
OMG, she's 'cool'! O M G ! ! !

Posted by: Susan Tracy | September 1, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

To make every vote in every state politically relevant and equal in presidential elections, support the National Popular Vote bill.

The National Popular Vote bill would guarantee the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states (and DC). The bill would take effect only when enacted by states possessing a majority of the electoral votes (270 of 538). When the bill comes into effect, all the electoral votes from those states would be awarded to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states (and DC).

The National Popular Vote bill has been approved by 21 legislative chambers (one house in CO, AR, ME, NC, and WA, and two houses in MD, IL, HI, CA, MA, NJ, RI, and VT). It has been enacted into law in Hawaii, Illinois, New Jersey, and Maryland. These states have 50 (19%) of the 270 electoral votes needed to bring this legislation into effect.

see http://www.NationalPopularVote.com

Posted by: susan | September 2, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

To make every vote in every state politically relevant and equal in presidential elections, support the National Popular Vote bill.

The National Popular Vote bill would guarantee the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states (and DC). The bill would take effect only when enacted by states possessing a majority of the electoral votes (270 of 538). When the bill comes into effect, all the electoral votes from those states would be awarded to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states (and DC).

The National Popular Vote bill has been approved by 21 legislative chambers (one house in CO, AR, ME, NC, and WA, and two houses in MD, IL, HI, CA, MA, NJ, RI, and VT). It has been enacted into law in Hawaii, Illinois, New Jersey, and Maryland. These states have 50 (19%) of the 270 electoral votes needed to bring this legislation into effect.

see http://www.NationalPopularVote.com

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