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Nobody said it wouldn't be semi-tough. Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, denied the Republican nomination in her bid for reelection, is staying away from the Lower 48 this week -- specifically Capitol Hill -- as she turns her full attention to a long-shot write-in campaign to save her seat.

Murkowski doesn't plan to attend any Senate sessions this week and "will decide on a case-by-case basis whether to return to Washington for particular votes or other business," her spokesman Michael Brumas told The Hill newspaper. Murkowski isn't doing anything that unusual; lawmakers in tough reelection races often bypass Senate and House sessions in the closing weeks of campaigns to spend time in their home states.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) running as a write-in candidate
Her absence means the Republican Senate hierarchy, which supports the GOP primary winner -- Sarah Palin-endorsed Joe Miller -- won't have to decide on Murkowski's status in the Senate conference or whether she should be punished for her audacious move against the nominated candidate.

Murkowski lost the primary by about 2,000 votes to Miller, a Fairbanks lawyer who is more conservative than the incumbent and had the backing of the Tea Party movement as well as Palin. Launching a write-in campaign against Miller and Democratic candidate Scott McAdams is not only a risky strategy, but also a difficult and costly organizational challenge. Most Republican leaders outside of Alaska have closed ranks behind Miller.

"I am bothered by anything that makes it less likely that we can elect a Republican, especially in a state where we had every hope of electing one," the Senate's second-ranking Republican, Sen. John Kyl of Arizona, told The Hill.

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dc walker

She lost by two percent of the votes. She lost. If she wants to try again, run again. Having worked with counting votes write ins usually don't win. First, the name has to be exact Lisa Murkowski. If its Liza Murkowski or Lisa Murks...or L murkowsi, its not counted. The write in has to be exact and there are a lot of people who don't write the name properly.

September 21 2010 at 4:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

No wonder these politicians can't give up their office, even after being beaten in an election! Who other than the government would let you skip out on your responsibilities to spend time campaigning for the next job?!!!!!! Vote 'em all out, and then pass TERM LIMITS!!!!

September 21 2010 at 2:21 PM Report abuse +10 rate up rate down Reply

Murkowski still hasn't figured out that Rhinos are not being accepted this year , and there is already one Liberal challenger in the race.

September 21 2010 at 2:04 PM Report abuse +9 rate up rate down Reply

I'm surprised at Murkowski on this one. She always appeared to be someone with good common sense. She is behaving like a sore loser and I don't see where she is coming from. Is she invalidating the voters? The voters voted for the person they wanted, or doesn't that vote count? I don't trust her now, there is something wrong in her thinking. She's obviously under stress. If you can't accept the voter, you're in it for your own self gratification.

September 21 2010 at 1:29 PM Report abuse +15 rate up rate down Reply

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