Federal Judge Dismisses Joe Miller’s Election Lawsuit, Clears Way For Murkowski

The Federal Judge assigned to Joe Miller’s lawsuit challenging the outcome of the Alaska Senate Election has dismissed the case after Miller decided to withdraw his request that the Court bar certification of the election results:

A federal judge today dismissed Republican Joe Miller’s federal lawsuit seeking to overturn the results of the Nov. 2 election, clearing the way for U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski to be certified as the winner.

U.S. District Judge Ralph Beistline issued a 14-page order this afternoon in which he said Miller wasn’t raising any federal issues that he needed to resolve. He ordered Miller’s entire federal case dismissed. Beistline wrote that he would not second guess the Alaska Supreme Court, which already had ruled against Miller.

He also lifted a block on the election’s certification that he had previously imposed. State officials have said the election would be certified Thursday if the block were lifted.

Given the outcome in the Alaska Supreme Court and Miller’s decision not to challenge certification this really isn’t unexpected. What remains unknown is what future political plans Miller may have, and whether he’s damaged himself with this inane lawsuit

Here’s the Final Order:

Joe Miller v. State Of Alaska et al Final Order

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Doug Mataconis
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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. Mr. Prosser says:

    Of course he has seriously damaged himself, with the exception of the uber-rightists no one is going to take this guy seriously. Plus, the election campaign exposed his basic dishonesty.