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Ex-AG Beats Palin Pick in Alaska GOP Primary

Dan Sullivan will take on Mark Begich this fall

(Newser) - A Tea Party attempt to overcome a mainstream Republican came up short in Alaska last night as former state Attorney General Dan Sullivan won the GOP primary to become his party's candidate to take on Sen. Mark Begich this fall. Sullivan entered the primary the presumed front-runner, with the... More »

Miller Concedes in Alaska

No more lawsuits, Alaskan says

(Newser) - Joe Miller's fight to keep Alaska's Senate race alive ended with 2010. After nearly 2 months of working full-time on legal challenges to Lisa Murkowski's write-in victory, the Republican nominee told supporters yesterday that he plans no further action, Politico reports. Murkowski had been officially certified as winner the day... More »

Lisa Murkowski Certified as Winner in Alaska

... and it only took 2 months

(Newser) - It took awhile, but Lisa Murkowski was officially named the winner of Alaska's Senate race today. Gov. Sean Parnell and Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell, who oversees elections, signed the paperwork certifying her victory. That should enable Murkowski to be sworn in with her colleagues next week in Washington. More »

Judge Throws Out Joe Miller's Legal Challenge

Murkowski can be certified as winner

(Newser) - A federal judge has tossed out Joe Miller’s legal challenge against Alaska’s vote count, and with it the stay preventing the state from certifying Lisa Murkowski as the state’s senator. She’ll be officially certified tomorrow, Politico reports. US District Judge Ralph Beistline cited the Alaska Supreme... More »

Miller Won't Block Murkowski Certification, But...

He also isn't giving up without a (longer) fight

(Newser) - Joe Miller won't block Lisa Murkowski's Senate certification, he announced last night … but that doesn't mean he's giving up. Miller also said that he will continue to pursue his legal challenge of Murkowski's write-in victory, the Anchorage Daily News reports. The US district court judge hearing Miller's federal challenge—... More »

Alaska Supreme Court Rules Against Joe Miller

He's got one more chance in federal court, but chances are bleak

(Newser) - Joe Miller's minuscule chance of having Lisa Murkowski's Senate victory overturned just got even smaller. The Alaska Supreme Court today unanimously ruled against him, reports the Anchorage Daily News . Miller has two days to decide whether to pursue the case in federal court, but it looks like Murkowski will be... More »

Norm Coleman to Joe Miller: Give Up Already

Alaska candidate should realize it's time to quit, former senator says

(Newser) - Norm Coleman knows a thing or two about fighting close elections, and he has a message for Joe Miller: Give up. "I think that race is over. I think the counting’s been done. I’m not sure there’s anything that would change that," the former Minnesota... More »

Joe Miller Files State Lawsuit Contesting Election Results

Court ordered that suit be moved from federal to state

(Newser) - Joe Miller has moved his lawsuit from federal to state court, following a court order requiring him to do so. The lawsuit challenging Alaska election results is basically the same as the one he filed in Anchorage's US District Court Nov. 9, with a few additions, reports the Anchorage Daily ... More »

Joe Miller Fights to Keep Alaska Race Alive

Republican seeks to stop election from being certified

(Newser) - The state Republican Party has asked him to concede, but Joe Miller's not ready to call it quits—even though he'd be thousands of votes behind even if he won every challenge to the write-in ballots. The GOP Senate candidate has asked a federal judge for an injunction stopping officials... More »

AP Declares Lisa Murkowski Winner in Alaska

Joe Miller may still mount a legal challenge

(Newser) - Lisa Murkowski today became the first Senate candidate in more than 50 years to win a write-in campaign, emerging victorious over her Tea Party rival following a painstaking, week-long count of hand-written votes. The victory completes a remarkable comeback for the Republican after her humiliating loss in the GOP primary... More »

Murkowski: Palin Couldn't Cut It as Prez

Palin lacks leadership qualities, 'intellectual curiosity,' says senator

(Newser) - Sen. Lisa Murkowski appears bound for victory as a write-in candidate in Alaska ... and her feud with Sarah Palin appears certain to continue. Murkowski—who has taken the lead over Palin-backed Tea Party candidate Joe Miller with more than 10,000 write-in ballots still to be counted—says the results... More »

All Votes for Murkowski Go Through One Woman

Gail Fenumiai oversees unprecedented election

(Newser) - With 98,500 write-in votes cast in the Alaska Senate race, the contest is being decided through the actions of one woman: Gail Fenumiai, the director of Alaska's Division of Elections. Fenumiai has been personally overseeing the unprecedented count, in which write-in ballots—some with significantly mutilated spellings of Murkowski's... More »

Early Results Good News for Lisa Murkowski

She gets 89% of first 7,638 ballots without a challenge

(Newser) - It might take Alaskan officials five days to count the 92,000 write-in ballots, but the first small sample bodes well for Lisa Murkowski. Of 7,638 ballots counted, the incumbent senator got 6,804 of them (89%) without a hitch—meaning voters spelled her name correctly. Another 678 are... More »

Bad Spelling Could Swing Alaska Senate Race

Murkowski, Miller legal teams brace for court fight

(Newser) - "Murkowski" is one of the best-known names in Alaskan politics and the fate of the state's Senate race may depend on how well Alaskans can spell it. Election workers will begin examining thousands of write-in ballots today, and while results suggest that Lisa Murkowski is on the way to... More »

Has Palinism Been Refudiated?

Alaskan may emerge a diminished figure after high-profile losses

(Newser) - Sarah Palin is looking like one of the biggest non-Democratic losers in the midterm elections, according to some analysts. High-profile losses among the candidates she endorsed , especially in Alaska, where Lisa Murkowski appears bound for victory as a write-in candidate , are likely to undermine her credibility, the Economist notes. It... More »

Which Palin Grizzlies Roared, Whimpered?

Her picks won many, but lost the biggies

(Newser) - Despite not actually appearing on any ballot yesterday, it’s still one of the big questions of the night: How did Sarah Palin do? In her own words, pretty well—she tweeted to “Commonsense Constitutional Conservatives” that they “‘refudiated’ extreme left”—but when it comes to... More »

Alaska Could Take Weeks

But Lisa Murkowski is optimistic

(Newser) - Victory appears close for Alaska Senate write-in candidate Lisa Murkowski, but the official results won't likely be known for weeks. Write-in votes are currently leading, but it will take officials some time to count them all—and make certain voters followed the rules when filling out their choices. Some 40%... More »

The Most Covered Candidates of 2010

Guess who's No. 1?

(Newser) - When it comes to the most covered candidates of the midterm elections, is it any surprise that Tea Partiers claim five of the top 10 slots? The Pew’s Project for Excellence in Journalism analyzed the election stories produced by 52 TV networks, websites, radio stations, and newspapers since Jan.... More »

Today's Winners, Predicted by Meghan McCain

Midterm successes, starring Christine O'Donnell

(Newser) - Meghan McCain expects a dark day for Democrats, with “more than a few upsets and memorable YouTube moments.” Her predictions in the Daily Beast :
  • Sharron Angle will beat Harry Reid in Nevada, and he’ll offer an “uncomfortable and possibly bitter concession speech.”
  • Charlie Crist will
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8 Senate Races to Watch

These races will decide just how good the GOP's night is

(Newser) - It’s Election Day, folks, and we're here to give you the low-down. All eyes are certainly on the Senate, where Democrats have a chance to keep their majority, provided they can win a few close races. Here's what's happening, according to the Washington Post , complete with links to our... More »

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