The votes have been counted and it appears as if Lisa Murkowski has made history by becoming the second person ever to win an election as a write-in candidate - the first was Strom Thurmond in 1954. Ron Hogan wrote the following for Popfi:
It’s taken a week of hand-counting and lots of legal squabbling from both sides, but it looks as if Lisa Murkowski is going to become the first write-in candidate elected to the United States Senate in 50 years. The write-in ballots were outnumbering those cast for the major party candidates, but nobody could say for sure that Murkowski was winning until they were all counted. Well, the votes have been counted, and Lisa Murkowski is Alaska’s new Senator.Now you would think Joe Miller would make good on his promise and concede, being that he had stated in the past that if the math did not add up, he would forfeit the race to Murkowski, right? Well, it looks as if Miller lied.
There are still some 8153 disputed ballots, but they don’t matter. Murkowski is roughly 10000 votes ahead of Tea Party candidate Joe Miller, and the 700 or so uncounted ballots won’t make a difference in the race. Murkowski is officially one of two Senate representatives to Alaska.
Eve though Lisa Murkowski has more then enough votes to win, even after taking into consideration the ballots challenged by Miller, Miller believes that it is not impossible for him to win - his new argument claims ballot counting started a week early forcing him to cobble a bunch of untrained observers to monitor the elections, therefor missing some ballots he could have contested.