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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Alaska Supreme Court dismissed challenge to midterm election results
Meagan McElroy at 12:00 AM ET

On December 22, 2010, the Alaska Supreme Court dismissed Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller's challenge to midterm election results that declared incumbent Senator Lisa Murkowski the winner. After losing the Republican primary election to Miller, Murkowski launched a write-in campaign, which Miller challenged on the grounds that Murkowski's name was misspelled on some of them. The Supreme Court held that voters' intentions, not spelling mistakes, should determine the legitimacy of such ballots.

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