Murkowski faces possible upset

Posted On August 25 , 2010

Shira Toeplitz

August 25, 2010 05:23 AM EDT

In what could become one of the biggest political upsets of the year, Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski trailed her tea party-backed opponent by a small margin Wednesday in Alaska’s GOP primary with thousands of votes yet to be counted.

Attorney Joe Miller, who had the backing of former Gov. Sarah Palin, led Murkowski by less than four points with 77 percent of precincts reporting and thousands of absentee ballots not yet added to the tally from Tuesday’s vote.

If Murkowski loses, she would become the third senator this year to be ousted by a primary challenger. Her defeat would also be one of the most stunning losses in the state’s short 51-year history and a sure sign that Palin’s endorsement still carries weight with voters in Alaska.

Not a single public poll showed Miller within striking distance of Murkowski in the weeks before the primary, and she spent more than ten times as much as he spent. However, a ballot measure requiring parental notifications for teens seeking an abortion boosted Miller by driving tens of thousands of voters to the polls in an otherwise low-turnout primary.

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Comments (One Response)

  1. Linda Evans says:

    With now 97% of votes counted Joe continues to hold the lead at 51%. But God!!!