Alaska Republican Senate nominee Joe Miller, the Tea Party-backed (and Sarah Palin-backed) insurgent who defeated incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski in the Republican primary, only to then lose to Murkowski’s write-in campaign for the general election, has now announced that he is ending his legal challenge to Murkowski’s victory — effectively conceding the race and ending the 2010 election right on New Year’s Eve.
As the Anchorage Daily News reports:
Miller thanked his supporters and said the time has come to accept the “practical realities” of court decisions that have been unanimous in ruling against his challenge. He said he would remain a voice for smaller government, less federal spending and other issues favored by the tea party.
Miller, a self-proclaimed expert in Constitutional law, had his challenges to Murkowski’s election thrown out by an Alaska Superior Court judge from Ketchikan, a unanimous Alaska Supreme Court, and a U.S. District Court judge in Anchorage. The federal judge, Ralph Beistline, said the case against Miller was so overwhelming that he ruled before the state even filed all its arguments opposing Miller’s claims.