From Erika Bolstad in Washington D.C. --
Republican Joe Miller appeared on FOX News Channel's "Your World" this afternoon, after the Associated Press called the Alaska Senate race for Sen. Lisa Murkowski.
On whether he wants a recount: "Well, we may. We may ask for a hand count of our ballots as well. That was the benefit she got. We’ll wait and see when these numbers finally sort out here at the end of the week."
"The voters in the state of Alaska expect there to be integrity in the process; we are going to pursue that."
On whether the race is over: "It’s never over until the count is done. I would encourage people to recognize that 255,000 votes were cast in the US Senate race and right now what we have is about a 2000 vote difference. Less than one percent."
"Obviously, I am less cautiously optimistic than I was before. We owe it to the voters of the state of Alaska to continue the count to make sure it’s done properly to ensure there is integrity as part of the process."
On the argument that he would not win even allowing for the 1000 ballots that have not been counted: "The process that has gone down so far has been a hand count of the write in ballots. There’s not been any hand count of the other ballots. The other ballots have all gone through a machine count process. The machine count historically has had inaccuracies involved in it. We want to make sure we do what we said we were going to do last week, and that is wait for those military ballots to come in, we’ll evaluate at that time. We want to make sure going forward that the state of Alaska imposes the statutory standard. That we don’t end up having the same sort of thing this race, with an unelected bureaucrat making the call."