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The first election of 2010 was in Massachusetts on January 19, when Scott Brown defeated Martha Coakley in a special election to fill the remainder of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy's term.

Today, December 31, 2010, the last election of this year is finally, at last, over:

Republican Joe Miller said today, nearly two months after Alaskans concluded voting, that he his giving up his fight challenging the election of Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

Miller thanked his supporters and said the time has come to accept the "practical realities" of court decisions that have been unanimous in ruling against his challenge. He said he would remain a voice for smaller government, less federal spending and other issues favored by the tea party....

Earlier today, he told an interviewer on Fox News Channel that he thought he didn't stand a good chance at the 9th Circuit, which he termed "liberal."

Miller, a self-proclaimed expert in Constitutional law, had his challenges to Murkowski's election thrown out by an Alaska Superior Court judge from Ketchikan, a unanimous Alaska Supreme Court, and a U.S. District Court judge in Anchorage. The federal judge, Ralph Beistline, said the case against Miller was so overwhelming that he ruled before the state even filed all its arguments opposing Miller's claims.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Fri Dec 31, 2010 at 04:31 PM PST.

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