Early Returns Show Write-Ins In Lead In Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Write-in ballots maintain an early lead in the Alaska Senate race — a good sign, potentially, for Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

(AP)

Sen. Lisa Murkowski at the polls.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Write-in ballots maintain an early lead in the Alaska Senate race — a good sign, potentially, for Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

With 175 of 438 precincts reporting, write-ins had 39 percent of the vote. GOP nominee Joe Miller had about 35 percent. Democrat Scott McAdams had about 25 percent.

Murkowski is one of 160 write-in candidates eligible for the race. The write-in count only speaks to total ballots cast for write-ins — not to names written on them.

A strong return of write-in ballots could mean that it could be weeks before a winner is named.

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