Alaska Senate Race Remains in Limbo

Nov 15, 2010 5:42pm

ABC News’ Huma Khan reports: The Alaska Elections Division is now in its sixth day of counting write-in ballots, but there’s little clarity as to which candidate will emerge victorious in the high profile race for the U.S. Senate seat.

As of Sunday night, Sen. Lisa Murkowski had 89.3 percent of the votes, with 8 percent of votes that were challenged and counted.

The results could come down to just a handful of votes, which means Republican candidate Joe Miller is fighting every vote that could be deemed questionable. The Tea Party favored candidate currently has 87,517 votes while Murkowski has 78,697.

Miller, who has Sarah Palin’s support, has continued to assail the elections division for counting misspelled ballots that show voter intent, even though a judge last week struck down his attempts to stop the ballot counting.

"We need one standard for everyone,” Miller said in a statement. “It makes no sense to create all these new exceptions just for Lisa Murkowski. I have said from the beginning, I want a fair election and I want the law followed. I don't think that is too much to ask."

This week, the elections division will also start counting absentee ballots, estimated to be between 8,600 to 8,800.

Murkowski today returned to Washington, D.C. even as the battle for her Senate seat raged on thousands of miles away.

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