© Bruce Beattie
Even though the recent corruption trial of Senator Ted Stevens found him guilty on all charges, he currently has a slight lead of approximately 3,200 votes in his reelection bid. Unfortunately for him, the numbers may not be all that lucky for him. Nate Silver at FiveThirtyEight.com has analyzed the data, and predicts that the early and absentee ballots that have still to be counted will go against Stevens and put him out of a job.
And Stevens might not be the only thing that is corrupt in Alaska. The election results in Alaska just don’t add up. The official count of ballots cast in Alaska show that 14% fewer people voted this election than in 2004, even though voting was up everywhere else. Not to mention that Alaska provided a major party candidate for the first time in history, which normally increases turnout dramatically.