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Murkowski is apparent winner in Alaska Senate race

***UPDATE*** NBC News has now declared Lisa Murkowski the apparent winner in the Alaska Senate race.

After a two-week count of write-in ballots, the Alaska Senate race has been called for incumbent Republican Lisa Murkowski.

Murkowski, who defeated Tea Party challenger Joe Miller, will be the first write-in candidate to win election to the Senate since South Carolina's Strom Thurmond in 1954.

She opted to launch the write-in campaign after Miller defeated her in the state's Aug. 24 Republican primary.

From the AP:

Murkowski has a lead of about 10,000 votes, a total that includes 8,153 ballots in which Miller observers challenged over things like misspellings, extra words or legibility issues.

It was not immediately clear how Miller will proceed. He and his advisers have vowed to take legal action over what they contend is an unfair tally in Murkowski's favor, but Miller has maintained he'll stop fighting if the math doesn't work in his favor.

Officials say they have about 700 votes left to count.