The assumed win means that she is one of the first politicians in over 50 years to successfully win a write-in campaign. It also means she will be one of the most hated Senators of the conservative grassroots. She will remain on the scene as a strong moderate voice, buoyed by her strong anti-Palin, independent politics. Murkowski is strongly pro-choice, but also supports drilling in ANWR and is in favor of repealing the health care bill.
Miller's blunders likely cost him the race. Handcuffing reporters and flubbing a few questions did not work in his favor, and his imaged was tarnished even further by making some admittedly bizarre decisions regarding ballot-counting after the election. Miller and Murkowski have been readying themselves for a larger legal fight, even while Murkowski made plans to fly back for Alaska to seemingly celebrate her win.