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Murkowski Campaign: Joe Miller Shows ‘A Disregard For The Truth’

For most progressives and independents, Joe Miller has been “stretching” the truth since he won the Alaska Republican Primary under the Tea Party platform.

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A state court judge has moved a lawsuit over Alaska’s still-disputed U.S. Senate race from Fairbanks to the state capital, Juneau.

Judge Douglas Blankenship said Monday that the case brought by Republican Joe Miller raises statewide issues and that he believes it’s inconvenient for the state to be involved in a case in Fairbanks.

He said it may be necessary for a recount or for disputed ballots to be inspected and that he did not want to do anything that might “further risk the integrity of the election” – like moving the ballots from Juneau to Fairbanks.Blankenship told attorneys a status hearing would be held Wednesday.

However, the judge declined to issue a ruling on whether Sen. Lisa Murkowski could intervene in the lawsuit brought forth by Miller. Last week, the incumbent senator’s campaign filed a motion seeking a swift resolution to the unresolved race. Attorneys for Miller’s political operation pushed back against the legal action.

Murkowski ran as a write-in candidate following her loss to Miller in the GOP primary. Unofficial results show her leading Miller by 10,328 votes. Excluding votes challenged by Miller observers, she still had a 2,169-vote lead.

However, a federal judge has conditionally halted certification of the race, saying Miller’s challenge to the counting of write-in ballots raises “serious” legal issues that should be decided by a state court.

The Washington Post reported over the weekend:

Miller, a tea party favorite who beat Murkoswki in the GOP primary, has alleged bias on the part of state officials as well as voter fraud, arguing that some of the ballots have suspiciously similar handwriting. He has attacked the state Division of Elections for accepting minor misspellings of Murkowski’s name. He has complained that the hand-count of the write-in ballots started too early to give him enough time to train his volunteers to monitor the outcome.

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Joe Miller Vote Count Challenge: Judge Temporarily Halts Certification Of Murkowski Win

This man just won’t concede to defeat…

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An Alaska federal judge ruled Friday that Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller’s challenge to the counting of write-in ballots raises “serious” legal issues but is a matter for a state, not federal, court to decide.

Yet in deferring to an Alaska state court for a final decision, U.S. District Judge Ralph Beistline said he would grant a temporary injunction to halt official certification of the Nov. 2 election – an action Miller is seeking – so long as Miller takes his case to the state court by Monday. Miller told The Associated Press late Friday that he intended to do so.

Beistline’s unusual action was intended to “ensure that these serious state law issues are resolved prior to certification of the election,” the ruling said.

Miller sued in federal court in a bid to stop the state from using discretion in determining voter intent on write-in ballots cast for his election rival, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who declared victory in the race Wednesday. She mounted the write-in campaign after losing to Miller in the GOP primary.

State law calls for write-in ballots to have the oval filled in and the candidate’s last name or name as it appears on their declaration of candidacy written.

But the state pointed to case law in counting Murkowski ballots that contain misspellings or were phonetic to her name. Lt. Gov. Craig Campbell, who oversees elections, has defended the practice, saying the state doesn’t want to disenfranchise any voters.

Miller wants the law adhered to strictly, and asked Beistline to keep the state from certifying the election results based on a count of ballots that aren’t in line with it. The target date for certifying the race is Nov. 29. A recount can then be requested by Dec. 4.

Beistline said a state court is in “the best position, at least initially, to apply Alaska law and to determine who won this election.”

But he also said he’d “remain available to review any constitutional issues that may exist once the state remedies have been exhausted.”

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