Intriguing

Strange Election Results in Alaska

Something is fishy in Alaska. While other states reported record turnouts, the Last Frontier’s turnout was surprisingly low, and two troubled lawmakers—convicted felon Ted Stevens and currently-under-investigation Congressman Don Young—were both reelected. While final numbers have not yet been reported, turnout is supposed to be less than both 2004 and 2000, which is odd given that their native daughter, Sarah Palin, was on one of the tickets. Fueling suspicion is the fact that pre-election polls were way off—one poll showed Stevens losing by 22 points. Some say that McCain’s early concession speech might have caused Alaskan voters to stay home even though their polls had not yet closed, but others say that Stevens’ and Young’s races were high-profile enough to keep turnout high.