Sen. Lisa Murkowski aimed to make electoral history and she has.
Alaska's senior U.S. senator turned a long-shot, write-in campaign into victory. At last count, she had a 10,400-vote lead. Even if every one of more than 8,000 challenges by Miller was upheld, and that is extremely unlikely, Murkowski would still win by about 2,200 votes.
This one is over.
Both camps kept a sharp eye on the painstaking count of the write-in vote. Joe Miller's campaign had every right to look at every write-in ballot and was free to do so. The process couldn't have been more transparent.
As for Miller's suggestion that Alaska's electronic voting system is suspect, where's the evidence? Alaska's system has worked well for years. The Republican nominee may not like the results, but there's no sign that the system was broken, manipulated or malfunctioning.
In fact, the Division of Elections and Alaska voters deserve credit for taking a stormy campaign in stride. We disagreed with the division's decision to provide a write-in list. But when the Supreme Court cleared the list, the division provided it and instructed poll workers in proper procedure. Voters could ask for the list, but it couldn't be displayed. Voters could look at it, but couldn't take it into the voting booth.
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