(CNN) - Joe Miller, who lost a 2010 senate bid against Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, announced he won't be appealing a court order requiring that he pay state legal fees incurred in his fight to overturn the election results.
"Given the amount at issue, it simply does not make good financial sense to move forward with the appeal," Miller said in a statement Thursday. "Pyrrhic victories are not my goal. Accordingly, this court fight ends today."
After losing to tea party-backed Miller in the Republican primary, Murkowski ran as a write-in candidate in the general election in November.
When Murkowski won by 4.5 percentage points, Miller called on the Division of Elections to review the ballots in accordance to state election law, which says write-in votes must match the name of the candidate. Miller claimed all ballots with misspellings should be thrown out in a recount.
But the state had ruled as long as a voter's intent was clear on the write-in, then a misspelled ballot could be counted. The Superior Court judge rejected Miller's lawsuit, and the state's Supreme Court upheld the decision.
In June, Superior Court Judge William Carey ruled that Miller's lawsuit sought to secure something for himself–a $174,000 yearly salary as a U.S. senator–and therefore was not qualified as a public interest litigant.
He ordered Miller to pay back more than $17,000 in legal fees.
In his statement released Thursday, Miller said the judge's ruling about his motivations were false and lacked any evidence to support the claim.
"The truth is I ran for the Senate because I wanted to serve my country and represent the people of the great State of Alaska," Miller said in the statement. "I was stirred to action by a deeply held belief that our country was (and is) headed in the wrong direction, and I wanted to be part of the solution."
- CNN Political Producer Shannon Travis contributed to this report.