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After Day of Vote Counting in Alaska, Murkowski Concedes (Video Added)

John on August 31, 2010 at 9:22 pm

Things briefly seemed to be going well this morning, but that turned around in the late afternoon. Here is what the Anchorage Daily News had to say at 5PM:

Today was the biggest chunk of votes. Murkowski has cut Miller’s lead from 1,668 votes to 1,469 today. That’s not nearly what the Murkowski campaign had hoped for.

As a result, Murkowski conceded the primary just a couple hours ago:

“We all know that this has been a long week, a terribly long week,” she said at campaign headquarters while conceding. She said that while there were still outstanding votes, “I don’t see a scenario where the primary will turn out in my favor, and that is a reality that is before me at this point in time…And for that reason, and for the good of the state of Alaska … I am now conceding the race for the Republican nomination.”

Here’s the video (note the weird tire spin out during the moment of concession…):

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The big political story here is that Miller was a long shot candidate picked, and helped to win, by Sarah Palin. In fact, as I pointed out the other day, liberals were setting down markers in anticipation of a Palin-connected loss. But that’s not what happened. Yes, part of this is just the tempo of the times. The energy is with the right now, just as it was with the left in 2007. Miller is to the right of Murkowski, so he wins. But whether as help or harbinger there’s no doubt Palin had a role in this.

Now back to the big picture. Ann Coulter is right that overconfidence is the enemy. It is very possible to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in 60 days. But if conservatives can remain calm and focused, I think we have a chance at a real landslide here. The house is as close as we ever get to a sure bet. I’ve been unwilling to make predictions about the Senate because the math to get there seemed so formidable. I’m not sure that’s true anymore. I believe we could take 11-12 seats (assuming we don’t screw it up). So here’s the gameplan people…

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Stay. On. Target.

For those who don’t know what the target is, it’s the economy, the health bill and the arrogance factor. If it’s not one of those three things, you shouldn’t be talking about it between now and November.

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