Alaska Supreme Court Rules Against Joe Miller In Election Lawsuit

The Alaska Supreme Court has rejected Joe Miller’s appeal of a lower court decision in his election dispute with Senator Lisa Murkowski:

The Alaska Supreme Court today ruled against Joe Miller, leaving his challenge of the U.S. Senate race on life support. The court ruled the state followed the law in counting misspelled ballots for Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

His only remaining chance is in federal court. U.S. District Court Judge Ralph Beistline is giving Miller 48 hours to argue the federal courts should take up the issues in his lawsuit.

Beistline has blocked the state from certifying Murkowski as the winner of the Senate race to allow the court issues to be settled. Beistline said he will decide “as soon as possible” on lifting his block following the Alaska Supreme Court ruling.

The only question at this point is how sore a sore loser Miller is going to be.

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  1. michael reynolds says:

    I think at this point he has no choice but to assemble a small band of his supporters, go into the jungle (well, tundra) and continue the fight as a guerilla.