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Judge clears way for Murkowski win in Alaska

Judge clears way for Murkowski win in Alaska

A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit by conservative Tea Party favorite Joe Miller that challenged his loss in Alaska’s election for a Senate seat, clearing the way for state officials to certify Lisa Murkowski’s historic write-in victory. District Judge Ralph Beistline lifted an injunction he imposed last month that delayed certification. “The injunction […]

Once again, a court will decide an election

Once again, a court will decide an election

Legal wrangling over Alaska’s contested U.S. Senate race reached the state Supreme Court Friday, with justices hearing Republican Joe Miller‘s appeal of a lower court ruling that amounted to a victory for rival Lisa Murkowski. Miller is appealing a state judge’s decision to toss out his challenge to the handling of the election and counting […]

Alaska official discounts Miller’s claims

Alaska official discounts Miller’s claims

Alaska’s lieutenant governor on Tuesday discounted allegations by Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller that elections officials unlawfully interpreted voter intent on write-in ballots. Lt. Gov. Craig Campbell, who oversees the state Division of Elections, issued a statement in defense of elections officials, claiming Miller’s lawsuit threatens to cloud the vote. “Mr. Miller continues to […]

Judge sends Alaska Senate race to the courts

Judge sends Alaska Senate race to the courts

A federal judge has granted a temporary injunction halting the certification of Alaska’s hotly contested Senate election — an order that requires Republican candidate Joe Miller file a formal challenge of the vote count in state court. In his ruling, U.S. District Judge Ralph Beistline said Friday that Miller’s challenge to the counting of write-in […]