Miller ends Alaska Senate challenge
December 31st, 2010
01:12 PM ET
10 years ago

Miller ends Alaska Senate challenge

(CNN)– Joe Miller chose the waning hours of 2010 to write the final chapter in the story of his lengthy 2010 Senate campaign, announcing that he would not continue with a legal challenge to Sen. Lisa Murkowski's November election victory.

"The time has come to accept the practical realities of our current legal circumstances. We shall abide by the court's decisions, even if we do not agree with them," Miller told supporters and reporters at an Anchorage news conference Friday.

In an interview on CNN's "John King USA" Miller explained why he had taken his fight this far. "Ultimately, what this was about was creating transparency in the Alaskan election system...making sure that the votes were counted appropriately, that ballot security was maintained, things that I think all Alaskans really now appreciate."

Miller had lost several court battles in the state of Alaska. He challenged incumbent Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski's write-in victory based on an Alaska statue that requires write-in votes to match the name of the candidate. 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.

The original Superior Court decision ruled that Miller did not provide proof of election official fraud, or that "there would be sufficient change to the election results if these claims were true."

The Superior Court ruling was stayed to allow for an appeal, which the Alaska Supreme Court heard and dismissed twelve days later. The court stated, "There are no remaining issues raised by Miller that prevent this election from being certified" and ruled that the Division of Elections conducted the U.S. Senate election according to law.

After withdrawing his opposition to the certification of Sen. Murkowski as the winner, Miller pledged to continue his pursuit of a federal lawsuit.

Governor Sean Parnell of Alaska and Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell certified Sen. Lisa Murkowski's re-election Thursday, clearing the way for Murkowski to be sworn in when the 112th Congress convenes in January.


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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. once upon a horse

    maybe try telling the truth for a start and not the old "don't do as I do but do as I SAY do" junk and you'll have better luck next time.

    December 31, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  2. sane citizen

    Here's the option I hope Miller pursues: Stop wasting any more of the Alaskan taxpayers money on frivolous lawsuits, stop his petulant behaviour and "man up" (to quote one of his ilk) and congratulate Sen. Murkowski on her victory and then fade off into obscurity where he belongs. Sadly, I really don't see him pursuing that option.

    December 31, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  3. me

    What he ought to consider is shaving.

    December 31, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  4. PAUL W!

    You know Joe, a real Republican would just keep fighting to take the seat through some drummed up technicality. You'll never be a true patriot until you disenfranchise voters.

    December 31, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  5. B

    Now he can go crawl back under his rock..

    One thing that we don’t need now is more extremists. We already will have plenty on Jan. 5th..

    December 31, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  6. The Other Michael in Houston

    This guy is worse than Al Gore! Joe you lost, deal with it and move on. Now I know Joe that it has to suck to lose to a write in candadite, and you believed the hype of your tea nutcases who supported you, but in the end, you lost. I guess the people of Alaska woke up and realized they did not want Sarah palin with a beard representing them.

    December 31, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  7. jonny

    Uckkk! This tool needs to go away already. He's a sore loser Alaska is better off without.

    December 31, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  8. I voted for neither

    I don't see how he could have lost with that swinging stubblebeard.

    December 31, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  9. Bessy

    Oh please ! When is this guy going to go away. What is in the water in Alaska ? Maybe the Russians are slipping over there at night and doing mischief. Mr. Miller, just take your tea bag and get lost.

    December 31, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  10. Yuuk from Alaska

    Although I didn't vote for this joke of a politician or Senator Murkowski, I am tired of his antics. I hope that people do not think that the real Alaskans are not him or $Pee (who are transplanted from elsewhere, he from Kansas & she from Idaho – no offense to the good people from there who are forward thinking individuals). Happy New Year!

    December 31, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  11. Oy Vey Ax

    It sure seems like folks in Alaska like to hold on to titles that indicates an individual's failure. First there is Republican Vice Presidential candidate from Alaska Sarah Palin. I am sure that she is richer now than before she became a loser. Now … there is Republican U.S. Senate candidate from Alaska, Joe Miller. Doesn’t that seem odd? If we've finally moved into an age that allows us now to proclaim spades to be spades, then is figures that we are liberated enough to recognize losers when we see them.

    December 31, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  12. Democrats Class Warfare - Destroying the economy and country

    Time to hang it up Miller. Better luck next time. All you're doing now is increasing the bank accounts of lawyers which is not a laudable goal.

    December 31, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |