The Alaska Division of Elections (DOE) counted a batch of early vote and questioned ballots in two close state House races this morning.
The election is over; it is now time for some self-evaluation here at The Midnight Sun. We pride ourselves on calling it like it is, whether that supports the positions of those on the Left or those on the Right, no matter who it ticks off, we try to stay above the fray. (Even though it tends to tick off a lot of people)
In order to fully embody that spirit, we have to call it like it is on our own prognostications and assumptions going into the election. Thatâ€™s what this article is about. What did we get right and what did we get wrong.
There is still plenty of analysis to do on what happened in this election cycle, both in Alaska and nationwide. In fact, in Alaska, absentee…
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Make no mistake, election day on Tuesday will decide control of Alaskaâ€™s state house.
The Alaska Division of Elections (DoE) put out a new batch of absentee and early voting statistics today and it shows some interesting trends.
This is a rarity, normally when we score political attacks, one side is clearly the attacker and one side clearly the target. In this case, we have more of an exchange of fire as the Alaska Republican Party and Libertarian candidate for US Senate, Joe Miller traded similar â€œfinancial irregularityâ€ charges against one another. Deciding who actually came out the winner might be more complicated to sort out.
This day also marks the zenith of October Surprise season. In case you havenâ€™t noticed it, campaigns, independent expenditure groups, and political parties over the last few days have begun airing their opposition research files and have unleashed scathing attacks on their opponents.
A fair warning, we are about to examine some really, really early absentee ballot return numbers in Alaska. Political analysts on both sides of the aisle have warned us about taking too much from them and so we pass that caution on to you. However, if you are like us, you just need to know what those numbers say anyway, right?
The Midnight Sun’s Casey Reynolds is joined by Alaska AFL-CIO Director of Operations Joelle Hall to discuss some of Alaska’s most interesting legislative races and the issues at play in them.
This week we discuss the endangered Alaska incumbent, voter enthusiasm in Alaska, campaign messages we’re hearing, and what the labor movement can learn from Donald Trump.