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AP Declares Lisa Murkowski Winner in Alaska

Joe Miller may still mount a legal challenge
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 17, 2010 2:24 PM CST

(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 to Joe Miller. It wasn't immediately clear whether Miller would proceed with a legal challenge.

Her victory became clear when Alaska election officials confirmed they had only about 700 votes left to count, putting Murkowski in safe territory to win re-election. She is flying from Washington to Alaska to make an "exciting announcement" to supporters, proclaiming in an e-mail that the campaign "made history." Murkowski has a lead of about 10,000 votes, a total that includes 8,153 ballots in which Miller observers challenged over things like misspellings, extra words, or legibility issues. (Read more Lisa Murkowski stories.)

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