Miller appeals ruling in Alaska Senate race
December 14th, 2010
09:52 AM ET
9 years ago

Miller appeals ruling in Alaska Senate race

(CNN) - Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller's challenge in the Alaska Senate race now moves to the state Supreme Court where oral arguments are scheduled to begin on Friday, following a new appeal by Miller's campaign.

Miller on Monday filed to appeal a ruling by an Alaska superior court judge which denied his challenge of ballots awarded to Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who ran as a write-in candidate.

In a statement regarding the appeal, Miller Monday said, "We have consistently asserted that the law should be followed strictly. The fact that the legislature stated that there should be "no exceptions" to the ballot counting method is what, in our view, should govern this matter. Under the current ruling, there are now over 8,000 exceptions, a result everyone who favors the rule of law should question."

After the election, Miller filed a challenge against the Division of Elections to ensure the state law, which calls for write-in votes to match the name of the candidate, was followed. He has argued that Alaska law does not allow the counting of misspelled names on write-in ballots. However, the Division of Elections set guidelines before counting began that allowed for a voter's intent to be considered when determining whether to count a ballot for a write-in candidate.

Murkowski launched a write-in bid following her loss to Miller, a Tea Party favorite, in the state's August 24th primary.

Last week, a superior court judge ruled that Miller did not provide proof of election official fraud, or that "there would be a sufficient change to the election results if these claims were true."

Murkowski, who has already claimed victory in the race, has asked for an expedited decision. The Associated Press called the race for Murkowski last month when she had a 10,328-vote lead over Miller, a figure that includes the 8,159 ballots contested by Miller observers. Not including those ballots, she has a 2,169-vote lead.

Miller has refused to concede despite the projections of Murkowski's win and calls from some Republican leaders asking him to end his bid.

- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2010 • Alaska • Joe Miller • Lisa Murkowski
soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. once upon a horse

    why can't Joe "do what I say do not as I do"Miller accept the fact that he lost and the people of Alaska DON'T WANT HIM?? Not much is worse than a sore loser that wants to tie up the courts with frivilous lawsuits more than likely at tax payers' expense. Perhaps Sarah Palin needs to pull him aside and tell him to get over it. Then again she would probably tell him to reload!

    December 14, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  2. Grundoon

    Not counting the disputed votes he still looses and he is still persuing this? Whiskey Tango Foxtrot!! It's a moot point! Is he trying to get a recall? What a moron!!! Bailn' Palin sure does know how to pick 'em. *snicker*

    December 14, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  3. Laverne

    This guy is a joke! The people of Alaska do not want you, they voted for Lisa Murkowksi and she won even as a write-in candidate. Sorry, you are loser in more ways than just one. I am sure he is taking advice from Sarah and Todd Palin, but Alaskans don't like them either. If you plan on having any kind of political career in the future you should stop whining because you lost!

    December 14, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  4. kyle

    Anyone who loses to a write-in canidate don't need to be in office.

    December 14, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  5. Julie C

    Give it up for Pete's sake. Seems the people of Alaska used their better judgement and you're not their choice, Miller. Loony tune Sarah didn't help your cause.

    December 14, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  6. Jaywing

    Let's see, has "Go Away Joe" been said? It has? Often? Thousands of times, by Republicans and Democrates? And, let me get this rignt, he can't win even if all the votes he wants counted his way are ruled to be so? This man has too much time on his hands - unlike the rest of us who want things to move forward. Joe, get real man. Doing this you look more and more like the idiot you are, and that's not a good thing if you want to run for office again - which, by the way, you shouldn't.

    December 14, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  7. Marcus

    It's all about stripping Murkowski of her seniority in Senate, and of the positions she helds thanks to that, no more and no less.
    And some people still believes that this guy has some integrity and moral...

    December 14, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  8. Silence Dogood

    Wah wah wah

    Re-read the election results: Even if the 8K contested votes are disallowed you still lose by >2K.

    Go suck the Kool-Aid dripping from the Tea Party's teats.

    December 14, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  9. Lyle

    Joe, give it up. Get a hobby like maybe a nice ant farm. Ants are hard workers and productive. You could learn a lot.

    December 14, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  10. Timbo

    LOL hes funny and a sore loser

    December 14, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  11. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I can't believe that he is still fighting this. It seems like he is a crybaby that believes what Palin told him - you'll win because you are the nominee. Give up already because you can't win.

    December 14, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  12. marty

    How would one describe Miller's action....courageous, determined, stubborn, denial, typical, stupid,silly..........?

    December 14, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  13. Lolo

    Is this crazy or what? You lost. Let it go. You are wasting taxpayers money with this crap.

    December 14, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  14. Peter

    If only Al Gore had been this persistent we would not have as large a deficit as we have now and one or two fewer wars perhaps.

    December 14, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  15. Sue

    America does not want or need men or women like Miller that can't concede when he knows even if they threw out the 8,000 some votes she still has 2,000 more ...... he is costing the state of Alaska a lot of money just because he isn't man enough to concede and admit he LOST......he is putting Alaska out of the loop by keeping up with his foolish actions.....he has just ruined any chances of every being elected by acting like the sore loser he is......not much of a man in my opinion.......notice it's alway these Republicans that keep up this kind of retoric.....the last one was from Minnisota, Coleman I think his name was......

    December 14, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  16. james Miller

    Cousin Joe, you always were a whiner and you`re just looking like a spoiled brat!!

    December 14, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  17. Al-NY,NY

    Loser. Face it Joe (and your "mentor" the Wasilla quitter) you lost. Stop whining and go away. Take her with you

    December 14, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  18. JustMe

    Oh good grief Miller – you lost – CLEARLY. Give it up.

    December 14, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  19. Dean

    There may be 8000 exceptions but she has over a 10,000 vote lead. Give it up Miller. This continued bickering has ended whatever political career you had.

    December 14, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  20. EddyL

    Why doesn't this moron Miller shut up and go away? He's a dumb as Palin.

    December 14, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  21. A disgusted former Republican

    Miller is just another Tea Party hack who cannot face reality. Voters rejected him!

    December 14, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  22. ThinkAgain

    You know, Miller may be too stupid to recognize a write-in ballot name with one letter misspelled, but the people of Alaska aren't.

    Give it up, Joe, and go back to whatever the heck it was you did before you got your 15 minutes of ill-deserved fame.

    Or are you more concerned with landing a gig with Faux than wasting taxpayers' money?


    December 14, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  23. Redleg

    How has Miller avoided Bar discipline thus far? He is a cheat and a liar.

    December 14, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  24. KathyC in Minnesota

    Joe Miller has LOST!!

    Like Sarah Palin, he is someone who refuses to go away!!

    December 14, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  25. kmp

    Miller is just a another Norm Coleman trying to win or stall all at the expense of the American taxpayers.

    December 14, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
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