Murkowski becomes first write-in senator since 1954

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
November 18, 2010 08:51

 Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski on Wednesday became the first US Senate candidate in more than 50 years to win a so-called write-in campaign, emerging victorious over her tea party-backed rival following a painstaking, week-long count of hand-written votes.

The victory is a remarkable comeback for Murkowski, who lost to a political newcomer in the Republican primary, and a humbling moment for Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor, 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate and Murkowski nemesis whose support was not enough to get her favored candidate, Joe Miller, through an election in her own state.

The outcome became clear after a tedious week of counting handwritten ballots.


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