Twitter

Lisa Murkowski's Victory "Decisive"

Joe Miller has officially been defeated. Right?
A state judge has rejected losing Senate candidate Joe Miller's attempt to overturn Sen. Lisa Murkowski's write-in re-election victory, and Friday granted the Division of Election's request for dismissal of Miller's challenge.

Superior Court Judge William Carey found the state's write-in count valid, rejecting every one of Miller's claims.

Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell called the ruling "decisive," and said it moved the state closer to having full representation in the U.S. Senate in January.

Certification of the results of Murkowski's 10,000-vote margin of victory was put on hold by a federal judge, pending the outcome of the state case. It is anticipated that Carey's Superior Court ruling will be appealed to the Alaska Supreme Court, though the Miller campaign was unclear on that Friday.
In other news, the state's Lieutenant Governor is named "Mead Treadwell". That's an awesome name.

Head nod: FirstRead