I woke up this morning to the disheartening news from Alaska:
Republican Rep. Don Young — whose three and a half decade hold on Alaska’s sole House seat was imperiled by political ethics controversies — holds a razor-thin lead over Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell who ran a strong primary challenge against the embattled congressman.
With 98 percent of the state’s precincts reporting in the House contest, Young led Parnell by a margin of just 145 votes. At one point late in the count, Parnell had held a small lead over Young. That tiny gap, if it holds up in the final results, could permit the trailing candidate to call for a recount. Republican state Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux received the remaining 9 percent of the vote.
I haven’t yet heard if there will be a recount on the vote, but I will have that information as it becomes available.
As far as Gabrielle LeDoux goes, I hope she appreciates what she’s done by staying in a race she couldn’t possibly win.
UPDATE: According to the results, around 150 votes (or 0.16%) now separate Young and Sean Parnell. I just received an email from the Sean Parnell campaign saying that they are waiting on the absentee ballots to be counted, and that there will be a recount since the difference between the two candidates is below 0.5%.