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Lisa Murkowski Defeats Joe Miller, Hangs On to Alaska Senate Seat

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After more than a week of ballot counting, Sen. Lisa Murkowski has been named the winner in Alaska, defeating tea party favorite Joe Miller and becoming the first Senate candidate in more than 50 years to win a write-in campaign.

With only 700 votes left to count Wednesday afternoon, state election officials announced that Murkowski's lead was insurmountable.



The Associated Press reported that the incumbent was ahead by about 10,000 votes -- a total that includes 8,153 ballots challenged by the Miller campaign over issues like legibility, misspellings or extra words.

Before hopping a plane from Washington to Alaska, the senator emailed supporters Wednesday and proclaimed that the campaign "made history."

There was no immediate comment from the Miller camp. Earlier Wednesday, the Republican said Alaska's computerized voting system is "suspect" and that the returns from the Nov. 2 election should be counted again -- by hand, the Anchorage Daily News reported.

Miller has said he would consider legal action in the event of a razor-thin margin, but he also conceded that he would give up the fight if it appears the math doesn't work in his favor. Last week a federal judge dealt Miller a blow by denying his request to throw out any apparent votes for Murkowski that misspelled her name.

The state said more than 98,500 write-in ballots were cast.

Miller, a little-known conservative lawyer who went on to get the coveted Sarah Palin endorsement, 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.

The last Senate candidate to win as a write-in was Strom Thurmond (R-S.C.) in 1954.
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Charlie

here's something that everyone seems to overlook. Murkowski, Thurmond, Murkowski, Thurmond, Murkowski....do these names resonate? I smell special interest manipulation of the election process.

November 21 2010 at 12:45 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
joanmack122

I think it is very sad that she won. Really wonder how she pulled it off especially after losing the primaries. Looks a little funny to me. Personally do not think she deserves it. Sorry Joe.

November 20 2010 at 9:16 PM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply
babe37

where were all these alleged write in ballots during the primaries, and how come all write ins were for liz m

November 19 2010 at 6:40 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
vobox3343

Oops, another big loss for Palin. say it ain't so, Joe.

November 18 2010 at 11:00 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
Patriotic Paul

Its amazing what you can buy on the open market in America these days. A senate seat for crying out loud!

November 18 2010 at 3:31 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Rob & Kathy

Murkowski is a RINO. I'm suspicious and distrustful of these "sometimes I am sometimes I'm not" politicians. They seem to have no loyalties except to themselves...

November 18 2010 at 11:42 AM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
teaforme1234

Get your facts straight mainlymodernist and look at Lisa Murkowski. She was supported by the Alaskans Standing Together, a for profit company, established to help Murkowski . They put out attack ads about Joe Miller that were false. They had a vested financial interest in Murkowski winning. Lisa Murkowski pursued lobbyists especially super lobbyist Heather Podesta. Murkowski is entrenched with lobbyists and has the “Alaska Mafia” behind her. As I have already said she is old school. She is in a time warp. Money is no longer there for her to spend. She just indicated that she wants the money. She likes earmarks. The woman has no clue that what she wants impacts all 50 states. It is all about herself and not the people of Alaska.

November 18 2010 at 8:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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LAManagers

Joe Miller LOST. The people of Alaska spoke LOUD AND CLEAR. This is a MANDATE that the tea party and Sarah Palin are NOT WANTED in Alaska!!!! And on your comment about earmarks....EVERYONE in Alaska, Democrat and Republican is ALL ABOUT EARMARKS! Former Sen. Stephens got more $$$$ for Alaska than any other Senator and the people in Alaska get the most Federal tax dollars back to their state than any other in this country. Basically, that means the SENATORS in Alaska are doing a great job for their state. THAT is why Lisa Murkowski got reelected. SHE BRINGS THE $$$ Back to Alaska.....the reason Sarah Palin is OUT? Sarah only wanted all the $$$ in her PERSONAL BANK ACCOUNT. Glad to be able to celar that up for people. Have a great weekend.

November 19 2010 at 4:47 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
goinslowbutdeep

So a so called company had a vested financial interest in Senator Murkowski, huh? You can't even get your fact together. What was the tea party doing? weren't they the one that were throwing money in the election and playing dirty as well. Some of you are sore losers and can't accept fact. The election was done and there was no fraud and it was also counted the end result?? Miller lost and Senator Murkowski is going to DC whether or not you like it, period!

November 23 2010 at 12:29 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Valerie

This particular election has restored my faith in people. If people take the time to actually write in the name (correctly or not) of their choice, that shouts loud and clear that this is the person they want for the position. If I still lived in Alaska I would have done the same thing. I have been following Joe Millers campaign and will state that it is fact that you cannot believe everything you read, there was enough evidence there in what I could verifiy as having a factual basis that I would not have voted for this man. As far as the individual who posted about the law stating that the name had to be spelled correctly, it is yet another stupid law intended to even further separate the perception of the educated vs the uneducated. I believe that the intention and the desires of the people of Alaska have been shown stated.

November 18 2010 at 7:18 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
fubsyfaerie

Very happy for Murkowski and for the people of Alaska! And aside from all of the other, more substantive problems I have with Miller, I sure wish one of his handlers would let him know that the 5-o'clock-shadow look has been out for some time now, and wearing it makes him look just a wee bit narcissistic.

November 18 2010 at 5:20 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
joe

Daddy would be so proud.

November 18 2010 at 12:18 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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