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Ruling On Alaska Senate Race Expected

December 9, 2010

An Alaska judge is expected to rule on Republican Senate contender Joe Miller's challenge to the write-in process before week's end, according to various news reports.

Miller has called for the state to throw out write-in ballots counted for Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) that don't state her name exactly as it was written on her candidacy declaration.

The ruling comes after Alaska Superior Court Judge William Carey held hearings on the case Wednesday. It signifies that the Alaska Senate race -- which is the last 2010 race still outstanding -- could finally be coming to a close.

Miller, however, is expected to appeal to the state Supreme Court if Carey rules against him.

Murkowski has already declared victory and been deemed the winner by the AP. She -- and other Republicans -- have called on Miller to concede so she can be certified before the Senate reconvenes on Jan. 5.

Judging from a statement from the Murkowski camp late Wednesday, it's clear that the hard feelings are hitting a boiling point.

"He is continuing these efforts without the possibility of winning the election," Murkowski campaign manager Kevin Sweeney. "He claims that he is acting on principles. While we are fighting for the fundamental and constitutional principle that every Alaskan's vote should count, we cannot determine exactly what principle Mr. Miller is trying to defend by seeking to take those votes out."

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