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Facebook Is Weird Sometimes January 18, 2010

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No, I am not interested in the baby giraffe you just adopted.

Sorry, not interested, Ethan. What's next, Mafia Wars?

I mean, I guess he must not have anything better to do these days, but still?

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UPDATE: STEVENS’ MARGIN DROPPING SWIFTLY November 12, 2008

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The Division of Elections just released new figures- Ted Stevens’ lead is now under 1000. This is BEFORE adding in the local numbers I’ve been reporting, and does not include Anchorage numbers either.

Things are looking a little more hopeful for Mark Begich.

No upset is in the cards in the Young/Berkowitz race, however… Young’s margin is holding steady. That one is over.

Parnell Concedes Primary To Young September 19, 2008

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This broke yesterday, so it’s semi-old news by now, but Sean Parnell has conceded in the primary race for the Republican nomination to the U.S. House.  After all overseas and absentee ballots were counted, Parnell lost the race by 304 votes (out of 105,987 total votes cast- a margin of 0.3%).  I find this a strong rebuke to the notion that individual votes don’t count.

In terms of the bigger picture, the news that Young survived the primary is good news for Democrats, as Young is widely considered to be an easier target for his challenger, Ethan Berkowitz (D-Anchorage).  Young’s various missteps in office, the most prominent of which is the infamous “Coconut Road” earmark.  Young is also being investigated with regard to his role in the VECO scandal which has already brought down multiple state legislators and is also threatening Young’s fellow Congressman Ted Stevens.

Polling data has Berkowitz up by fifteen points over Young, but the latest poll was taken before the primary results were official.  My personal feeling on the ground, which you should definitely take with a grain of salt, is that the race is closer than fifteen points, but Young is definitely behind, probably significantly so.  Unlike Stevens, Young hasn’t established himself as the cantankerous uncle that brings Alaska presents every time he visits.  I’d be fairly surprised to see him pull this one out, even though I haven’t seen much from either side in terms of full-throated support from the community.