JUNEAU, Alaska — An Alaska federal judge ruled Friday that Republican
Senate candidate Joe Miller's challenge to the counting of write-in
ballots raises "serious" legal issues but is a matter for a state, not
federal, court to decide.
Yet in deferring to an Alaska state court for a final decision, U.S.
District Judge Ralph Beistline said he would grant a temporary
injunction to halt official certification of the Nov. 2 election – an
action Miller is seeking – so long as Miller takes his case to the state
court by Monday. Miller told The Associated Press late Friday that he
intended to do so.