Sarah Palin Contributes to Joe Miller in Ballot Fight

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JUNEAU, Alaska — Sarah Palin has given Joe Miller $5,000 for the ballot count in the hotly contested Alaska Senate race.

Miller spokesman Randy DeSoto says Palin's political action committee made the donation to Miller's U.S. Senate Defense Fund.

The PAC's treasurer didn't immediately return a message. [See photos of Sarah Palin and her family.]

Palin's SarahPAC gave Miller $10,000 for the primary and general election. In both races, Miller faced Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who ran as a write-in candidate after losing the primary to Miller.

Write-in ballots are now being counted, and both campaigns are raising money to oversee the effort and cover legal costs.

Miller also is getting help from the National Republican Senatorial Committee, and South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint's PAC reports raising more than $146,000 for what it calls a Miller "re-count" fund.