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Sen. Lisa Murkowski to Mount Write-In Candidacy in Alaska

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Sen. Lisa Murkowski has made it official -- she's running as a write-in candidate in Alaska to save her Senate seat . She wasn't kidding when she said, "I'm no quitter."

Murkowski (R-Alaska) announced her long-shot candidacy Friday night at an event with supporters in Anchorage and also posted her intentions on her campaign website and on her Twitter account. "Today my friends," she said, "I announce that I will will be a write-in candidate for the U.S. Senate seat that I now hold. Thousands of Alaskans from across the state have reached out to me and encouraged me to run." She follows with instructions on how to cast a write-in vote on Nov. 2 and on how to do the same in early voting. "Let's make history," she exhorts.

Her decision sets up a three-way race among Murkowski, Republican nominee Joe Miller, the Tea Party favorite, and Democrat Scott McAdams, the mayor of Sitka.

The Republican Party is not supporting the write-in effort by Murkowski. The GOP has thrown its weight behind Miller, who got help from Sarah Palin in pulling off a shocking upset over the senator in the primary. The Fairbanks attorney beat the incumbent Murkowski by about 2,000 votes. In Washington Friday, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Murkowski had resigned from her leadership position as vice chairwoman of the Senate Republican Conference.

"I'm not much of a poker player, but the analogy I've been using is that I'm sitting there and I've been dealt a six and an eight," Murkowski told the Anchorage Daily News this week. "And the guy across from me has two kings showing. And I'm hoping for the five, the seven and the nine. But it is possible."

The senator had also mulled trying to get on the Libertarian ticket, but party leaders signaled they were unlikely to allow her to run under their banner.

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Mu rkowski needs to back off NOW. If she stays in, she'll give votes to the Democrats. She's acting like a typical Democrat --- they'll do anything to stay in power. They have no problem governing against the will of the people. "People should know when they are defeated"!

September 20 2010 at 6:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Irish Harry

Yea!!! Murkowski from Alaska is exactly the kind of politician who makes a taxpaying American want to gag and throw-up. Why can't you get the message Lisa? The people in Alaska have voted and they have clearly stated that they do not want your type of politics any more. You Lisa have said that thousands of taxpaying Americans have contacted you and want you to run againsyt Jor Miller. Most likely that means in politic talk that seven or possibly eight people have asked you. Lisa, you as a "Write In Candidate" do not insult the people of Alaska. You just can't accept defeat, can you? Thank God the people of Alaska have taken the first step in getting rid of you and your type of politics. "WAY TO GO ALASKA."

September 19 2010 at 7:26 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I can tell you why they don't understand no. They find it very hard to accept the country is turning around and they want all the republicans and democrats out. It is time to clean house and get all the crooks and people giving to their pet projects and organizations out and making the taxpayers pay for all of their pork projects. It would save the U.S. tons of money to stop all these stupid studies and useless bailouts.

September 18 2010 at 11:26 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

I am curious which letter in the word N-O so confuses her.

September 18 2010 at 9:37 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Unable to face the fact she lost , Feels she owns office

September 18 2010 at 8:51 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

Looks like she does not want her own party to win. She will take votes from her own party by playing this She needs to stand down and support her party for the most important election in November

September 18 2010 at 7:15 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

sore loser

September 18 2010 at 3:01 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

This is a clear exmaple of what is wrong with these politicians - they think these seats/positions are THEIRS. Well, they're not. They are the peoples. Alaskans voted, she lost. End of story.

September 18 2010 at 10:44 AM Report abuse +13 rate up rate down Reply

In my opinion, all the moderate (read as common-sense) Republicans that have been ousted by the radical elements of the party (read as Tea Party wing-nuts[not my phrase, found it posted by several Republicans]) should run on a write-in campaign.

September 18 2010 at 10:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The message is really quite plain. You lost because you didn't listen to the People who sent you to Washington. Maybe Lisa, like the Democrats, will get it on November 3rd!

September 18 2010 at 6:50 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply


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