JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A federal judge has lifted a stay on
certification of Alaska's U.S. Senate race, clearing the way for
Sen. Lisa Murkowski to be declared the winner.
The decision Tuesday means Alaska state officials likely will
make the November election results official on Thursday. If that
happens, Murkowski will be sworn in when the new term of Congress
convenes next week.
U.S. District Judge Ralph Beistline barred the state from
certifying the race last month to allow state courts to rule on
Murkowski rival Joe Miller's challenges to the election, including
questions about how write-in ballots were tallied.
The Alaska Supreme Court upheld results favoring Murkowski, and
Miller later dropped his objection to Murkowski being seated - at
least initially. But he still hopes to have the election results
invalidated and get a recount.