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Alaska to certify Murkowski as U.S. Senate winner



 JUNEAU, Alaska (WKOW) -- The state of Alaska is set to certify Senator Lisa Murkowski as the winner of Alaska's U.S. Senate race.

Nearly two months after the election, the certification papers, will be signed by the governor and lieutenant governor Thursday.  They will then be hand-delivered to Washington, D.C., to prevent further delays that would keep Murkowski from being sworn in January 5.

Legal challenges to the state's handling of the race prevented certification earlier. A federal judge this week tossed a lawsuit by Murkowski's rival Joe Miller, clearing the way for her to be declared the winner.

Murkowski was a write-in candidate after losing the GOP primary to Miller. She'll become the first U.S. Senate candidate since 1954 to win as a write-in.


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