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    Joe Miller Loses Election Challenge

    One wonders if this guy just has nothing better to do. An Alaska Superior Court judge ruled against Tea Party Senate candidate Joe Miller on Friday, rejecting the claim that the name of his write-in opponent, Republican Lisa Murkowski, had to be spelled perfectly for her votes to count. The judge asserted that Alaska law clearly allows misspellings to be counted if voter intent can be determined, and added that the question was probably moot anyway, because Miller trails by more votes than he challenged and presented no evidence for his claim of voting irregularities. Alaska Republicans have pleaded with Miller to abandon his legal challenge, fearing it could leave Alaska with only one senator if the case continues past January 5th, when the incumbent Murkowski’s term expires. Nonetheless, Miller is expected to appeal the decision to the Alaska Supreme Court. With help from his chief political benefactor, Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC), Miller has raised more than $200,000 to pay for his challenge to the vote tally.