Miller Concedes in Alaska

No more lawsuits, Alaskan says
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 1, 2011 9:30 AM CST
Miller Concedes in Alaska
Joe Miller speaks with reporters during a news conference in Juneau. Miller is ending his fight over Alaska's US Senate seat, conceding the race to his bitter rival, incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski.    (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

(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 before. Miller said he hadn't conceded to her personally. “I have not called her. In fact, I don't have her number," he told CNN.

Miller, whose appeals went as far as Alaska's Supreme Court, says he still disagrees with the rulings against him but he won't appeal the case to federal courts. The time has come "to accept the practical realities of our current legal circumstances," he told supporters. Miller says he doesn't believe the drawn-out battle has hurt him politically and he intends to keep fighting for Tea Party issues, although he has no immediate plans for the future apart from a family trip to Disneyland. (Read more Joe Miller stories.)

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