Murkowski says she's 'poised to win' re-election

Posted: Thursday, November 04, 2010

ANCHORAGE - Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who mounted a long-shot write-in campaign to keep her job, says she's "poised to win" re-election.

With 99 percent of precincts in, write-in votes had 41 percent. GOP nominee Joe Miller had 34 percent. Democrat Scott McAdams had 24 percent.

Murkowski was among 160 write-in candidates but believes she'll win the majority of write-ins counted.

In a statement, she says it's clear the campaign made history by putting Alaska first. She says the story of her campaign "will be told and retold" and "will change the definition of American politics."

No U.S. Senate candidate has won a write-in effort since 1954.

Miller's camp urged patience, with Miller saying the race is far from over.

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