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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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