Joe Miller agrees to pay legal fees

Joe Miller, who lost a 2010 senate bid against Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, announced he won’t be appealing a court order requiring that he pay state legal fees incurred in his fight to overturn the election results.

“Given the amount at issue, it simply does not make good financial sense to move forward with the appeal,” Miller said in a statement Thursday. “Pyrrhic victories are not my goal. Accordingly, this court fight ends today.”

After losing to tea party-backed Miller in the Republican primary, Murkowski ran as a write-in candidate in the general election in November.

When Murkowski won by 4.5 percentage points, Miller called on the Division of Elections to review the ballots in accordance to state election law, which says write-in votes must match the name of the candidate. Miller claimed all ballots with misspellings should be thrown out in a recount.

But the state had ruled as long as a voter’s intent was clear on the write-in, then a misspelled ballot could be counted. The Superior Court judge rejected Miller’s lawsuit, and the state’s Supreme Court upheld the decision.

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