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Murkowski emerges as winner in Alaska Senate race

 Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010,  following the weekly caucus luncheons. (AP Photo/Harry ...
 FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2010 file photo, a challenged ballot is shown in Juneau, Alaska. An optimistic Sen. Lisa Murkowski headed back to her home st...
 FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010 file photo, Alaska's Division of Elections Director Gail Fenumiai, center, looks over a ballot with Mags Paton...

Alaska Senate

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010, following the weekly caucus luncheons. (AP Photo/Harry ...

Alaska Senate

FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2010 file photo, a challenged ballot is shown in Juneau, Alaska. An optimistic Sen. Lisa Murkowski headed back to her home st...

Alaska Senate

FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010 file photo, Alaska's Division of Elections Director Gail Fenumiai, center, looks over a ballot with Mags Paton...

Sen. Lisa Murkowski has become the first Senate candidate in more than 50 years to win a write-in campaign.
Murkowski emerged victorious after a painstaking, two-week count of write-in ballots showed she has overtaken over tea party rival Joe Miller, who enjoyed the backing of former Gov. Sarah Palin.
Palin's backing helped Miller upset Murkowski in the Republican primary, but it was not enough to help him in the general election even with his opponent running as a write-in candidate.
Murkowski's victory became clear when Alaska election officials confirmed they had only about 700 votes left to count, putting Murkowski, who has a lead of about 10,000 in safe territory to win re-election.


Updated : 2021-10-19 07:28 GMT+08:00