Joe Miller Files for Injunction to Keep Fat Lady From Singing
An attorney for tea party candidate Joe Miller asked a federal judge today to halt the certification of Lisa Murkowski as the victor. Miller's challenge will once again focus on state rules over how a write-in candidate's name can appear on a ballot.
If past court action is any indication, however, Miller could face even more disappointment. On Nov. 10 an Alaska federal judge rejected Miller's request to halt the counting of write-in ballots, and in October, the Alaska Supreme Court dealt Miller a blow by ruling that even misspellings of Murkowski's last name could be credited to the senator.
The Associated Press called the race for Murkowski on Wednesday, and the senator, who has a 10,400-vote lead over Miller, claimed victory at an event today.
Miller's court challenge comes even though his chances of winning the race have all but vanished. As The Associated Press reported, even if every single write-in vote that Miller's campaign has challenged during the counting process went his way, he would still be more than 2,000 votes shy of a victory.
As the Anchorage Daily News reported, Miller has been scouring campaign voter rolls in an attempt to identify voter irregularities.
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