The counting of write-in ballots continues in Alaska, after a federal judge denied Senate candidate Joe Miller's request to disqualify any apparent votes for Sen. Lisa Murkowski that misspelled her name.
U.S. District Court Judge Ralph Beistline said Wednesday that Miller didn't prove he would suffer "irreparable harm" if the count went on, The Associated Press
The Republican sued
earlier Wednesday, arguing that it was illegal for the Alaska Division of Elections to exercise any discretion on voter intent on ballots where the name is not spelled exactly correct. The judge disagreed.
More than 92,000 write-in ballots have to be counted in the Nov. 2 contest that appeared to give the Republican incumbent the win.
Fully 89 percent of write-in votes "counted so far were perfect for Lisa Murkowski," the Anchorage Daily News
reported Wednesday morning. There have been fewer than 90 successful challenges of Murkowski votes, representing just over one percent of the ballots counted, according to the newspaper.
Miller, a little known conservative lawyer who went on to gain tea party support, shook up Alaska politics when he defeated Murkowski in the GOP primary. He appeared headed for the Senate until Murkowski decided to stage a write-in campaign. On election night, the number of write-in votes exceeded the number that Miller received by about 41 to 34 percent. Democrat Scott McAdams came in third with 25 percent of the vote.