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.