Murkowski (R-Alaska) is poised to win re-election, depending on the outcome of more than 83,000 write-in votes. Though she lost the Republican primary in August to Joe Miller, a former federal magistrate judge, Miller received about 70,000 votes on Election Day.
Ginsberg (pictured above) has lots of experience examining contested ballots. He advised Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) in Coleman’s failed recount bid two years ago, and he was part of George W. Bush’s legal team during the 2000 Florida recount.
That doesn’t mean, though, that Alaska’s process will be similarly drawn-out or uncertain. “To refight the last recount is a fatal error,” Ginsberg said in an interview Monday, speaking generally. He did not immediately respond to a request for comment today.
Miller isn’t giving up, and his campaign’s latest statement takes aim at Ginsberg. It criticizes Murkowski for hiring “high priced election lawyers” and says Ginsberg “played a key role in the ‘hanging chads’ Florida recount of the 2000 election.” The statement adds that thousands of absentee ballots still need to be counted and that Miller is assembling a legal team.
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National Law Journal photo by Diego M. Radzinschi.