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Rep. Young Widens Lead in Alaska Primary

With the regular, absentee and provisional ballots counted, Rep. Don Young now leads Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell in the Alaska House GOP primary by 239 votes. But the race isn't over quite yet, and Young faces a tough general election even if he does eventually beat Parnell.

The primary contest has been unsettled since the Aug. 26 balloting. Young, who has held the seat for 35 years but is now under federal investigation as part of a corruption probe in the state, led his challenger by 151 votes after the initial ballots were counted. The absentee and provisional ballots boosted the incumbent by a fraction of a point -- he now leads 45.45 percent to 45.22 percent.

The Anchorage Daily News says that overseas absentee ballots are still being accepted until Wednesday. After that, a state board will review the results, as is standard practice in every Alaska race. The results will likely be certified around Sept. 18. Unlike some states, Alaska does not provide for an automatic recount except in an exact tie. But the loser of a contest or 10 qualified voters can ask for one to be conducted, and if the race's margin is less than .5 percent, as this one appears certain to be, the state will bear the cost of the recount. Parnell has not said yet whether he would request a recount.

Of course, quite a bit has happened in Alaska since that Aug. 26 primary. Gov. Sarah Palin was chosen as John McCain's running mate on the GOP ticket, which may change the calculus for Parnell. The lieutenant governor jumped into the primary against Young with the encouragement and endorsement of Palin. But now there may be some appeal for him in keeping his current job. He can help run the state while Palin is on the campaign trail, and if the McCain-Palin ticket wins, Parnell would be governor.

Most Republicans still hope that somehow Parnell can pull out a victory in the primary. Why? Check out the latest general election poll, conducted for a handful of Alaska news organizations. It showed the Democratic nominee, Ethan Berkowitz, leading Young, 54 percent to 37 percent. The same poll showed Parnell leading the Democrat by 11 points.

By Ben Pershing  |  September 8, 2008; 4:31 PM ET
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Posted by: COL. A.M.Khajawall [Ret] | September 8, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Anonymous | September 8, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin banns books, reaches out from official government positions to fire private citizens, and the Palin family were members of the ANTI-US secessionist Alaska First Party (AKIP). Why would a proud American want to seceed?

Why would Palin, a sitting us Governor tape an official welocme video for airing at a secessionist party's political convention in 2008?



Posted by: JBE | September 8, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

I certainly think that Palin is more qualified than Obama. She has more experience, better judgment and is clearly more intelligent than that dumb ape the Democrats have nominated. Also, to this blogger claiming to be a "disabled American veteran", I would like to ask why you would vote for a man who cowardly refused to stand up to his party when they blocked a vote on McCain's G.I. bill and instead took to the senate floor to lob personal attacks on a man who spent FIVE AND A HALF YEARS in a VIETNAM PRISON CELL. Do you honestly want a man who so cavalierly plays politics with an issue as serious as veterans affairs, even though he himself has never SERVED IN THE MILITARY? My God, anyone who votes for that abomination must be mentally ill or else does not have our nation's best interest at heart. Good Day.

Posted by: right-wing genius | September 8, 2008 10:45 PM | Report abuse

None of these individuals is qualified to do what the media and overzealous bloggers are asking each one to do. None is qualified, or even capable, of doing what he or she has promised. The only people capable and qualified to change Washington are the voters. We must stop relying on politicians to clean up the mess we paid them to make. Everyone get a shovel. It's time for a new march on Washington

Posted by: jbrendan | September 8, 2008 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Right-wing genius, you sound just like a member of KKK which all members of the republican party want to belong to and then Sarah Plain comes along having family members part of the ANTI-US secessionist Alaska First Party (AKIP). No wonder you republicans are so excited.

Posted by: smiller | September 9, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse

I don't want to call folks names, here, but would suggest that Right-wing Genius better research who has truly been supporting vets. McCain's legislation was a cynical ploy, and both he and Bush opposed Sen. Webb's G.I. benefits bill, which Obama supported. The Webb bill provides far more support to veterans and their families. And it has been the Democrats in Congress that have pressed for adaquate funding for the V.A. Medical system.

Bo from Maine (a FORMER Republican)

Posted by: Bo from Maine | September 9, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

To the "FORMER Republican" from Maine:

So when a Republican sponsors a bill to improve care & benefits for our veterans it's a "cynical ploy", but when a Democrat sponsors a bill with supposedly the same intentions, it's because only the Democrats want "adequate funding" for vets. Also, if you had not let your cognative dissonance cloud your own research, you might have discovered that the McCain-Graham-Burr bill was designed to offer an alternative to what the sponsors considered an insufficient G.I. bill by Senators Webb and Hagel. For example, McCain's bill would allow a veteran's benefits to be transferred to their family upon death. (In case it didn't occur to you, some soldiers don't come back from war.) I also agree with Senator McCain that soldiers who serve longer and re-enlist deserve a better benefits package than those who only serve a few years. Of course, nothing can ever adaquately repay these heroes for their sacrifice, but if we're going to get serious about a new G.I. bill, then let's at least do it right.

By the Way, For what it's worth, I like your home state. My parents actually honeymooned in New England, and I had the good fortune of. . .oh, never mind this personal gobbeldygook! Hurry up and post something!

Posted by: Right-wing Genius | September 9, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Its weird how the GOP treats America. Its a country first when they feel its convenient. Why would they want to have someone as their who does not believe in who want to who fires and ordinary citizen for doing his who wants to burn books because it is against her values....This an America that the GOP wants.ruled by extremists. wake up before its too late. this is how extremism starts, and a country disintegrate.

Posted by: geo | September 10, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

To right-wing questionable genius you sound like you just crawled out from under a rock. You haven't realized how bush & his crones screwed up everything they came in contact with. Who's been borrowing money from China to support a war that any sensable president never would have started? Who gave tax breaks to the riches people in our country? Who made shambles of our standing in the world? So not so smart ass tell me what another bush, mccain, is going to do by following the same old 8 year pattern that has cause nothing but grief for most American's except bush's hand pick few. By the way why can't mccain's vp candidate answer any question by reporters but can shoot off her big mouth about things she has done for Alaska that turn out to be nothing lies. But I have to admit mccain does look a little silly standing by her side.

Posted by: Ralph | September 10, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Looks like the only thing that comes out of the Republican party in Alaska is corruption and abuse of power.

Posted by: Capt. American | September 10, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

How does this class A newspaper allow individuals to post such blogs that reek of racist content. Why won't each one of you just vote your own preference and/or consciencous. These blogs let me know just how deeply we have dug into being a nation of self righteous, intolerant humans.

Posted by: Clearly Confused | September 10, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Right Wing Genius:

Noun, Verb, P.O.W.

Posted by: skinsfanbu | September 12, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

*Sigh* I suppose it is a bit ironic to call myself a "genius" and then go searching for intelligent conversation on the blogosphere. Some of you are so ignorant it's startling. In case I didn't make it clear enough, one of the things I find most appealing about McCain is his independence from Bush. Unlike George W., McCain is an AUTHENTIC conservative. . .he's been right about gov't spending, right from the beginning on Iraq, and he's a conservationist, like Roosevelt (Teddy, not that cripple who kept us in a depression for eight years). Sorry, that sounded a bit mean. Furthermore, Bush knows a heck of a lot more about the economy than Obama. Anyone seen the latest figures from the C.B.O.? Tax revenues to the government are up nearly 30 PERCENT since 2001. The wealthiest Americans are now paying a bigger share of the tax bill than ever before; in fact, the top 1% now pay nearly 40% of the income taxes and 27% of the total tax bill. Lower tax rates, more revenue. What's the matter, Democrats? Can't stand to fail? Well, get used to it.

Posted by: right-wing genius | September 13, 2008 1:04 AM | Report abuse

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