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Murkowski versus Miller: election or spelling bee?

Pat McMahon Contributor

Lisa Murkowski versus Joe Miller started as a contest for an Alaska Senate seat – but it may end up as a spelling bee.

On Wednesday Alaska election workers were scheduled to begin scrutinizing the more than 92,000 write-in ballots that will determine who wins the state’s contested Senate vote. If officials determine that enough of these say “Murkowski” or “Merkowski” or “Murcowski,” or some other identifiable variant of incumbent Republican Sen. Murkowski’s name, then she’ll (improbably) win reelection as a write-in over Mr. Miller, who won the GOP primary.

That’s quite probable, too, as write-ins constituted 40 percent of the submitted Alaska Senate ballots and Miller took 35 percent.

Full Story: Murkowski versus Miller: election or spelling bee? – The Christian Science Monitor