Joe Miller Still Fighting In Court But Won’t Block Lisa Murkowski’s Senate Certification
December 27, 2010
(ChattahBox Political News)— Alaskan Tea Party candidate Joe Miller is still fighting the will of the voters and the wisdom of the courts in the Alaskan senatorial election, but has relented on one point. Rival Sen. Lisa Murkowski won by more than 10,000 votes, or some 4.5 percent of the total, making hers the first successful write-in campaign waged for a Senate seat since 1954.” But Miller has argued that state officials allowed too many potentially questionable write-ins to be counted for the incumbent in federal court, but now says he would not oppose certification of Murkowski’s victory as winner of Alaska’s U.S. Senate race by state election officials,” the Anchorage Daily News writes. Miller said he wants to ensure Alaska has full representation when senators are sworn in for the new term of Congress. Murkowski, who ran as a write-in after Tea Party-favorite Miller defeated her in Alaska’s GOP primary, will now be able to join her fellow senators when Congress reconvenes Jan. 5. The Alaska Supreme Court, in a unanimous and straightforward ruling, confirmed the voters’ decision on Wednesday, saying it found “no remaining issues raised by Miller that prevent this election from being certified.” Miller recently complained that he lost the election because his volunteer observers were poor spellers. And as a result, they failed to challenge a number of misspelled write-in ballots.