- Oct 2009
By 2012 the Tea Party will have run out of steam, and it will have started here. By any rational definition, Murkowski is a conservative, or at the very least heavily leaning right of center, politician. And the extremists determined that wasn't good enough. Guess what guys, when you do that, you are usually going to lose. This election has a few aberrations but it rings true here nonetheless. When the chips are down, the voters will usually balk at people like Joe Miller. That's just how it works... otherwise, 100,000 Alaskans wouldn't have gone to the trouble of writing in a name to keep him out of office.http://www.cnn.com/2010/POLITICS/11/17/alaska.senate.race/index.html?hpt=T1
Lisa Murkowski of Alaska Wednesday declared victory over fellow Republican Joe Miller in the nation's last Senate race, saying the result of her write-in candidacy was a "miracle."
"Against all odds, we as Alaskans together made history," Murkowski told cheering supporters in Anchorage.
If she prevails in a potential challenge, Murkowski would become the second person to ever win a write-in bid for the U.S. Senate.
Murkowski's statement was the climax in the state's bitter and prolonged Senate battle. It was essentially a triumphant declaration of beating back a three-pronged attack: from Miller, from the Tea Party Express, and from Sarah Palin.
"We've said all along, we'll wait for the votes to be counted," Murkowski Campaign Manager Kevin Sweeney told CNN.
"By any standard, this was a clear victory. This was a whuppin'," Sweeney added.
Currently, Alaska's Division of Elections is counting 100,868 votes for Murkowski versus 90,448 for Miller. By that count, Murkowski leads by 10,420.
However, 8,153 of Murkowski's votes have been contested by the Miller campaign. If, as Miller's side would like, all of those contested votes are thrown out -- an almost impossible scenario to many election and legal observers -- Murkowski would still win the race with the uncontested votes alone.