By Associated Press
He has maintained a presence on TV, conservative radio and the Internet, casting himself as a righteous reformer in the face of an out-of-control establishment. He is still raising money and speaking out against his opponent.
A hand count of ballots showed Mrs. Murkowski ahead by 10,328 votes, or 2,169 when excluding votes challenged by Mr. Miller‘s campaign. Mr. Miller wants a judge to set standard of review for the ballots and a possible recount.
While there’s hope this could swing the election in his favor, Mr. Miller insists that it’s less about win-or-lose now and more about principle, ensuring the law is upheld and that the election is fair.
The Fairbanks lawyer said in an interview that he is “more convinced than ever that this is the right fight, not for Joe Miller but for Alaska.”
The legal challenge has left the Senate seat in limbo just one month before the winner is scheduled to be sworn in.
If the fight drags on, Alaska could be left with only one senator until the dispute is resolved. That means the next Senate would be a 99-member body as it returns to take up important matters like tax cuts. Mrs. Murkowski could also lose her leadership positions if the new Senate convenes without her, her attorneys warn.
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