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2010: Updates in AK, MN, and NY

ALASKA: A state court judge on Thursday agreed to let Sen. Lisa Murkowski have a say in a legal challenge to Alaska's U.S. Senate race,” the Anchorage Daily News writes. “Miller contends the state did not follow the law, notably in its decision to use discretion in tallying write-in votes for Murkowski.”

MINNESOTA: “Despite rhetoric to the contrary, Republican Tom Emmer's campaign on Thursday seemed to step back from the ballot challenges that have engulfed the recount in the 2010 Minnesota governor's race,” the Pioneer Press writes.

“As the hand recount continues in the Minnesota governor's race, the State Canvassing Board plans to meet Friday afternoon to talk about thousands of ballot challenges local officials have determined to be frivolous,” Minnesota Public Radio said. “Those officials have said the vast majority of frivolous challenges have come from Republican Tom Emmer's side.”

NEW YORK: NY-1: “New York Rep. Tim Bishop continues to expand his lead over Republican challenger Randy Altschuler, as a Suffolk County judge reviewed a remaining batch of uncounted ballots,” Politico writes. “Bishop picked up 12 votes Wednesday, bringing his lead over the Republican to 271 votes. Both campaigns decided to remove their challenges to more than 174 ballots, and a judge decided to add another 10 previously uncounted ballots that the Altschuler campaign had challenged.”