Can Murkowski Win as a Write-In? Yes

Nate Silver: Alaska senator has a decent chance
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 18, 2010 11:36 AM CDT
Can Murkowski Win as a Write-In? Yes
Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, announces her write-in campaign Friday in Anchorage.   (AP Photo/Michael Dinneen)

Lisa Murkowski's decision to try to keep her Senate seat in Alaska via a write-in campaign begs the question: Can she win? "Sure she can," writes Nate Silver at his FiveThirtyEight blog in the New York Times. She's got the name recognition and the money, and a write-in campaign would seemingly appeal to the spirit of Alaska's many declared independents.

"So Ms. Murkowski should be a contender," writes Silver. "She is perhaps not the favorite in the race—and polls which are not conducted thoughtfully might overestimate her standing. But an Election Day already full of exciting and unusual races just added another one." Earlier coverage of Murkowski here.

(More Lisa Murkowski stories.)

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