ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Write-in ballots held the edge in Alaska's hotly contested Senate race -- a good sign, potentially, for Sen. Lisa Murkowski's long-shot effort to keep her job.
Miller's campaign manager said the race was far from over, and suggested a battle loomed over write-in ballots.
With 71 percent of precincts reporting late Tuesday, write-ins had about 40 percent of the vote. Miller, the GOP nominee, had 35 percent and Democrat Scott McAdams had about 24 percent.
Murkowski is one of 160 write-in candidates eligible for the race. The write-in count only speaks to total ballots cast for write-ins -- not to names written on them.
Murkowski's seeking to become the first U.S. Senate candidate since 1954 to win a write-in campaign.