Miller Lifts Opposition to Certifying AK Election

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Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) could finally become Alaska's re-elected senator as soon as Thursday.

The news comes after Tea Party favorite Joe Miller gave up his nearly two-month legal fight on Monday to keep Alaska from certifying Murkowski's Nov. 2 win.

Still, Miller's campaign filed new claims the same day, arguing Alaska's counting methods violated equal protection laws, The New York Times reported.

"Currently the fight is to ensure the integrity of the election," said Randy DeSoto, a spokesman for the Miller campaign. "Until the Miller campaign has a final tally we have confidence in, any talk of concession is premature."

The conservative Miller beat the moderate Murkowski in the Republican primary.  But she later ran as an Independent and apparently won the general election on the strength of write-in votes.

Should Murkowski's win be certified, she could still be sworn in as senator in time for the start of the congressional session in early January.

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