Young up by 239 votes

That’s the latest word from the recount of the Alaska GOP House primary.  From the Washington Post (links in the original):

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 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.

As the article notes, even if Sean Parnell loses the primary, he still has a bright future in Alaska politics, especially if the McCain-Palin ticket wins in November.

I’ll make sure to keep you up to date.


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