The “write-in candidate” in the three-race for Murkowski’s seat reached 41 percent of the vote with nearly all the precincts reporting. Many analysts consider this a magic target, and Murkowski is expected to have earned the bulk of those write-in votes.

Miller said it is premature to concede the race given that write-in votes will not be individually counted until Nov. 18. With 98.6 percent of the precincts counted, Miller had just more than 34 percent of the vote, followed by Democrat Scott McAdams at nearly 24 percent.