Here We Go…: 2010’s Recounts, Write-Ins And Disputed Elections

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Here’s a quick update on the statewide races that may or may not be seeing recounts, election contests, graphology examinations, Brooks Brothers riots, etc.:

• In the Alaska Senate race, it’s not a recount so much as a protracted and unusual vote count — it could take weeks to sort through the 41% of ballots that were write-in votes, to determine how many them constitute valid, legal votes for incumbent GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowsi against Republican nominee Joe Miller.

• In the Connecticut gubernatorial race, Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz (D) has declared that Democrat Dan Malloy will win the race, without a recount. Republican Tom Foley is not conceding, maintaining that his campaign’s internal numbers have them on track for a 2,000-vote win.[TPM SLIDESHOW: Meet Your New U.S. Senators]

• In the Illinois gubernatorial race, Republican nominee Bill Brady is hoping he can erase Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn’s 8,300-vote lead from absentee ballots. He has said that he has not yet begun to discuss a recount.

• The apparent Minnesota gubernatorial recount could be a real fun time — with Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a potential presidential candidate, staying on as governor for some time if it is not resolved by early January.

• Also, as of right now, Sen. Michael Bennet’s (D-CO) margin over Republican nominee Ken Buck is beyond the 0.5% that would trigger an automatic recount. The Denver Post has declared Bennet the winner, and he has declared victory, while Buck has not conceded the race.

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