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Off again, on again for Lisa Murkowski. Alaska's Supreme Court has blocked a lower court ruling and allowed voters in the state to look at printed lists showing the names of certified write-in candidates after they enter polling places.

The decision Wednesday -- essentially a stay of the earlier court ruling -- is a victory for Murkowski, the incumbent who needs all the help she can get in her write-in campaign against Republican nominee Joe Miller, who defeated her in the August primary, and Democrat Scott McAdams. Early voting has already begun in Alaska and a write-in list was posted in one location in Homer, according to the Anchorage Daily News.

The Alaska Republican Party and the state's Democratic Party together went to the Superior Court earlier this week in an attempt to keep he state-issued lists out of polling places, the Anchorage newspaper said. The parties won, getting a court order for removal of the lists and barring poll workers from providing names of write-in candidates to voters.

Lisa Murkowski"This stay will ensure that Alaskans can continue to get the assistance they're entitled to under law," Murkowski's campaign manager, Kevin Sweeney, said. The decision could change again, as the high court is still considering an appeal of the ruling it blocked Wednesday.

The three-way contest appeared tight heading into the last weekend of the campaign. The conservative Miller, whose upset of the more moderate Murkowski was aided by Sarah Palin and the tea party movement, appeared to be in a strong position after the primary, but Murkowski' aggressive write-in effort gained traction this month while Miller has been plagued by a past scandal.

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Carm

Miller won...........Murkowski lost. She is a very, very poor loser. Once you lose you shouldn't be allowed to put yourself forward (again) as a write in candidate or change your affiliation to a party to run again. It's about time that this country stick by it's original rules. I believe the Constitution of Alaska says "that any write in candidates name shall be spelled correctly. If this is truly the case then "Lisa M" or L. Mercowskee should NOT be allowed. I'm ashamed of Alaska's Supreme Court.

November 18 2010 at 11:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jim

well I hope the voters of Alaska can reconize a coverup by the thug Joe Miller to hood wink people trying to elect senators that have the voters intrest formost in mind not as miller demonstrated the he placed himself ahead of everyone.....

November 02 2010 at 3:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jpfarr202

Tom, Please don't cut Joe M. so much slack. All descriptions of political leaning should factor in the nut case factor. To say that Miller is a conservative is liking saying the Vlad the impaler is right of Attila the Hun

October 29 2010 at 10:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
eyedzervit

This is WRONG. What is a "certified write in candidate" ?? This goes against the whole idea of a "write in" candidate. Who gets on the list and who doesn't? What if I want to write in my neighbor but they're not on the list? This was done just to give this whiner Murkowski the edge. Why not just say it like it is and put her name officially on the ballot then.

October 29 2010 at 12:54 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
dc walker

After watching this year's elections, the use of the Bword, the Wword, etc. I sometimes think we would have been better off with King George or let the natives rule.

October 28 2010 at 6:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tplapper

I predict that she will throw the election to the Democrat just like Ross Perot threw the election to Clinton.

October 28 2010 at 6:05 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
cdickison

Providing voters with the names of write-in candidates is stating that the primaries mean nothing, the votes cast during the primaries mean nothing, only having political pull means something. I hope dozens of Alaskans petition to have their names put on the list of write-in candidates. THAT will mean something, too.

October 28 2010 at 4:50 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
tistolaugh

Cheating the system is not good policy. Never has been, never will be, but what can you do with these activist liberal courts who are so much less accountable?

October 28 2010 at 3:10 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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bpdarling

Yes, cheating is NOT a good policy. Joe Miller committed FRAUD, then tried to COVER IT UP, then GOT CAUGHT, and then tried to SEAL his record, and refuse to talk about "his past". He even ASSAULTED a reporter and HANDCUFFED him illegally!!!! Palin sure is endorsing a thug of a candidate. Why don't you please elaborate and explain your comment about liberal courts? Tell us which Alaska Supreme Court judges are "liberal" and "not accountable". Name a name.....or STOP writing comments based in FANTASY....your YOUR OWN NIGHTMARE IN YOUR HEAD! Thank you.

October 28 2010 at 4:40 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
ezek37

Murkowshki is a sore loser just like Crist from FL.

October 28 2010 at 12:20 PM Report abuse +17 rate up rate down Reply

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