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Murkowski Certified Winner of Alaska Senate Election

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Alaska state officials on Thursday certified Sen. Lisa Murkowski winner of the Nov. 2 election, the Associated Press reports, capping a remarkable comeback for an incumbent who mounted a long-shot write-in campaign to keep her job.
Murkowski lost to tea party favorite Joe Miller in an August Republican primary. Then she defied the GOP establishment and ran as a write-in candidate, winning by more than 10,000 votes.
But Miller, a Fairbanks lawyer, didn't concede. In a series of legal actions, he challenged ballots that misspelled Murkowski's name and sought a recount of the entire race because he said some voting machines did not function properly. But state and federal courts have rejected his appeals.
Still, Miller has options. He could appeal the latest ruling against him to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the Anchorage Daily News reports. He is scheduled to announce his intentions at a news conference Friday in Anchorage, according to the AP.

Murkowski becomes the first senator to prevail on a write-in vote since Strom Thurmond of South Carolina in 1954. She is to be sworn in when Congress reconvenes Jan. 5.

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CHARLES

Apparently Mr. Miller doesn't get it; HE LOST! Then again, I guess he is representitive of the typical Tea Party member; stupid and stubborn! Could I be sensing a mini revolt of some Republicans against these closet racists? Could there be a revival of the moderate wing of the Republican Party? LET'S HOPE SO!

December 31 2010 at 6:33 AM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
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tistolaugh

Good for Murkowski and the State of Alaska. Most importantly it remained in GOP hands.

December 30 2010 at 4:20 PM Report abuse -8 rate up rate down Reply
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WAYNE

She is a RINO, always votes with the dems.

December 30 2010 at 8:04 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
christierandall

yes that is why we like her...she is very sensible...Palins pick did not win..that is a good thing

December 30 2010 at 9:20 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply

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