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Election 2010

Alaska Vote Count Must Continue: U.S. Judge

Alaska Elections Division Director Gail Fenumiai, right, and Assistant Attorney General Sarah Felix look over a ballot Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010, in Juneau, Alaska.  Rick Bowmer/AP Photo hide caption

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In more good news for Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R), a federal judge rejected Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller's request to immediately order Alaskan officials to cease counting write-in ballots from last week's midterm election.

According to the Associated Press, U.S. District Court Judge Ralph Beistline ruled that Miller, the Republican nominee and Tea Party-backed candidate for a Senate seat from Alaska, didn't prove he would suffer "irreparable harm" if the count proceeded.

Meanwhile, the Anchorage Daily News (ADN) reported that of the write-in ballots counted so far, 89 percent were for Murkowski. And while many ballots were challenged by Miller's people, very few of those challenges were successful.

From the ADN:

The first batch of numbers is out and they show 89 percent of the write-ins counted so far were perfect for Lisa Murkowski.

Out of 7,638 write-ins counted just 67 wrote in someone other than Murkowski.

The Division of Elections says 6,804 votes were unchallenged for Murkowski.

Another 678 of the ballots were challenged but the challenge was overruled by the Division. Those are considered to be "challenged but counted," and will be reviewed in the expected recount with the courts having the final say.

There were only 89 successful challenges of Murkowski votes. That represents just 1.17 percent of the ballots counted.

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