The Associated Press
A federal judge says Alaska should have a senator in place by the time Congress convenes in early January. Senator Lisa Murkowski, a Republican, has already declared victory in her write-in bid to win back her seat on Capitol Hill, despite rival Joe Miller’s court challenges claiming the state mishandled the ballot count. U.S. District Judge Ralph Beistline said today that the state’s certification of the race between the Republicans likely won’t settle their dispute over the ballot count.
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