Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) “was officially named the winner of Alaska’s U.S. Senate race Thursday, following a legal battle that lasted longer than the write-in campaign she waged to keep her job,” the AP reports.
Gov. Sean Parnell and Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell signed the paperwork certifying her win in the hotly contested race.
The paperwork was expected to be hand-delivered to Washington, D.C., to guard against possible delays that could keep Murkowski from being sworn in with her colleagues on Wednesday.
With certification, Murkowski becomes the first U.S. Senate candidate since Strom Thurmond in 1954 to win a write-in campaign.
The official margin of victory over her nearest opponent, Republican rival Joe Miller, was more than 10,000 votes.