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Anti-incumbent fever apparently spread to Alaska, where Tea Party upstart and Sarah Palin favorite Joe Miller leads Sen. Lisa Murkowski by 2,000 votes in the Republican Senate primary, with 429 out of 438 precincts reporting.

Even after the full tally is in, the race could remain up in the air for some time, as the Alaska Division of Elections reported that just 7,600 of a requested 16,000 absentee ballots had been returned as of Monday night. The ballots that have been received won't be counted for another six days.

Miller, a Kansas-born war hero and West Point graduate, leads despite being outspent 20-1 by Murkowski, who was seeking her second full term. She was appointed to the seat in 2002 to succeed her father, Frank Murkowski, who went on to become governor.

The 43-year-old Miller has ridden a wave of Tea Party support while attacking the senator as a big-spending Washington insider. He got the backing of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, a longtime Murkowski foe, who made last-minute robo-calls accusing the senator of voting "with the Democrats more than any Republican up for re-election this year."

Miller, should his lead hold, will face Democrat Scott McAdams in the November general election. McAdams, the mayor of Sitka, won the Democratic primary against Frank Vondersaar and Jacob Seth Kern.

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tnickerson08

I love how the media calls Miller's lead a "slim" lead. He was out spent 20 to 1 and is leading period. Murkowski lost because she lost touch with the Republican party, she voted with democrats more than any other Republican (other than olympia snowe, and susan collins)

August 25 2010 at 5:04 PM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply
needachng

It is really quite dissapointing to see two women, who are obviously very bright and strong-willed, have such a vile distaste for one another. My HOPE would be that they would be a part of the CHANGE and civility that is needed in national politics. America needs these two ladies to be uniters, not dividers.

August 25 2010 at 3:20 PM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply
killkubota

Why is it the media just follows the story line without checking any facts? There is no anti-incumbent frenzy out there. A very few incumbents have lost; just a handful. But, the headlines always claims otherwise. Why do you always allow the spin doctors to tell you what to print. Perhaps that's because you're not real journalists, at least when compared to real newspaper journalists.

August 25 2010 at 2:29 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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sandeliegolf

Because it's true. That's why. The "frenzy" is because a greater than avarage number of incumbents are losing. Traditionally incumbents enjoy a 94% re-election rate. This time, by comparison, they are getting slaughtered. That plus the general publics perception of incumbents and yes, the term frenzy is justified.

August 26 2010 at 1:22 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
bakethis

Who is rachel maddow? I stopped listening to any radio or T.V. "personalities". They all, whether left or right, seem to fade into blah, blah, blah very quickly. I doubt too many of the senators who have served a long time will be overturned in the elections. They have a lot of money behind them, plus as in the case of Mr. Reid, here in Nevada, friends in the media.

August 25 2010 at 2:13 PM Report abuse -6 rate up rate down Reply
jdsept

remember if there is a 40 seat turn over in the House, giving GOP control, it still is less then 10% turn over, incumbants or party seat mostly will remain the same.

August 25 2010 at 1:53 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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mcgowann

Just a little over one third of the senators are up for re-election, so 10 seats would be 30% of those actually running this year. Since they're terms are 6 years (instead of 2 years in the House) it's more important that we get those incumbents out. If a representative messes up, his constituents don't have to wait as long to get rid of him, 2 years at most.

August 25 2010 at 7:06 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
cruisedoc

Lunch42: I would be very skeptical of ANYTHING coming from the Maddow show. It's often not research, but slant. I'm sure she came up with 98% SOMEHOW, to make her point, but did it include dog catchers? Bottom line: I watched her from time-to-time, and saw thing I found interesting - only to later find it was pure slant & spin. You see, I read a lot (from Newsweek on the left to National Review on the right) to get a fair perspective. NOBODY does more selective editing and spin than Maddow (except perhaps Obermann). You have to sort out the spin from the truth, and unfortunately, when sorting out, Maddow is among the 1st to go. Anyone who says there is not anti-incumbent fever, is out-of-touch with America, and we've already seen it in key races. Of course most will return to DC, but it only takes a few key races to alter the balance of power. Yes, there is an anti-incumbent sentiment today, and if you follow the polls, and anti-democrat sentiment that is reaching fever pitch. Dr. G. (a loyal democrat - until recently)

August 25 2010 at 1:51 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
jimbo13134579

Best news I have heard to-day. If she is anything like her father as far as being anti environmental then I hope she loses. JMO

August 25 2010 at 1:45 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
Carl A. Johnson

We just came back from Washington DC. We could instantly notice the tremendous wealth and amounts of money flowing around DC, suburban Virginia and suburban Maryland. It seemed like everybody in the DC area was driving a Lexus, Jaguar, Mercedes, Range Rover, Porsche or BMW. It was shocking to see. We needed little more proof that there's way, way, way too much of OUR money obscenely flowing straight into Capitol Hill. And if you think for one second that Republicans are any less guilty of this travisty than the Dems, you're a gigantic fool.

August 25 2010 at 1:43 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
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mcgowann

Part of that is that the government pays twice as much and gives twice the benefits than if someone was doing the same job in the private sector. Typical of the government but an example of how they waste our tax dollars from salaries to bailouts.

August 25 2010 at 7:14 PM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply
cubamex2003

I love it.. " Voting with Democrats" equates :treason, eating your young, stupidity and ignorance among other virtues.. doesn't it ??? How many graves at Arlington are Americans who chose the Democratic party ?

August 25 2010 at 1:40 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
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cruisedoc

This is NOT the party of JFK. It has been hijacked by the far left. I believe they are, in many ways, dismanteling many of the values that these brave souls in Arlington fought for. So many of these boys fought against socialism & communism. Now we have a democratic party who is attacking our liberty and re-interpreting our constitution to forward a socialist agenda - with disregard to intent.

August 25 2010 at 2:03 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
mcgowann

cubamex2003, you can reverse this and it's still true. I love it.. " Voting with Republicans" equates :treason, eating your young, stupidity and ignorance among other virtues.. doesn't it ??? How many graves at Arlington are Americans who chose the Republican party ? I'm glad we have at least 2 parties. Those countries that have a single political party are dictatorships.

August 25 2010 at 7:18 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
Robert & Lisa

We are ousting them one by one. :)

August 25 2010 at 1:33 PM Report abuse +13 rate up rate down Reply

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