Politics & Policy

Miller: This Race Is Not Over

Republican senate candidate Joe Miller doesn’t think the race is over.

With 99 percent of precincts reporting, 41 percent of votes were for write-in candidate, 34 percent for Republican Joe Miller, and 24 percent for Democrat Scott McAdams.

“Previous write-in campaigns in Alaska have demonstrated that as much as 5 to 6 percent of returned ballots have not met the standard to be counted as a valid vote,” said the Miller campaign in a statement.

“Without a single write-in ballot counted, Lisa Murkowski has no claim on a victory,” the campaign continued. “To complicate the matter, the Division of Elections has yet to adequately explain how a ballot will be marked in favor of a candidate. The current standards are extraordinarily ambiguous. We trust that officials will conduct the hand count with propriety and consistency.”

The Miller campaign will have the support of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. NRSC spokesman Brian Walsh told The Hill, “The NRSC has been assisting the Miller campaign from day one and we continue to assist his campaign.”

The write-in ballot count will not begin until next Wednesday.

Katrina Trinko — Katrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

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