JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Alaska's certification of results showing
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski winning re-election over Republican rival
Joe Miller could come as soon as Thursday.
Miller filed court papers Monday saying he no longer objects to
the state giving its OK to the election results. That would clear
the path for Murkowski to be in place in Congress when it convenes
early next month.
But Miller still isn't satisfied with how write-in ballots were
counted and isn't giving up. His attorneys asked federal judge
Ralph Beistline to keep Miller's legal options open after Murkowski
is seated, including a possible recount, if warranted.
Beistline is the one who has barred the state from certifying
results. A spokeswoman for Gov. Sean Parnell says that if Beistline
lifts his stay, certification paperwork could be signed Thursday.