Anchorage, Alaska (CNN) - Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski conceded late Tuesday to Tea Party-backed candidate Joe Miller in Alaska's GOP Senate primary.
"We know that we still have outstanding votes to count in this primary, but based on where we are right now, I don't see a scenario where the primary will turn out in my favor," Murkowski told reporters in Anchorage. "I am now conceding the race for the Republican nomination."
She said she informed Miller of her decision.
Miller, a little-known attorney, was boosted by the support of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. He also was helped by the endorsement of the Tea Party Express. Arguably the country's most high-profile national Tea Party organization, the group spent nearly $600,000 assisting Miller's campaign.
Washington (CNN) - President Obama declared that "the American combat mission in Iraq has ended" in his primetime address Tuesday.
"Operation Iraqi Freedom is over, and the Iraqi people now have lead responsibility for the security of their country," he said.
The president addressed the economic crisis in America by talking about how restoring prosperity at home is critical to maintaining the nation's strength abroad. Obama said getting the economy back on track is his "central responsibility as president."
"Today, our most urgent task is to restore our economy, and put the millions of Americans who have lost their jobs back to work," the president said.
(CNN) – Read the full text of President Obama's address on Iraq after the jump.
(CNN) - Sarah Palin was the "Time Bomb" in Sen. John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign writes his daughter, Meghan McCain, in a new book released Tuesday.
In the book, "Dirty Sexy Politics," the McCain offspring sounds off on the former Alaska governor and the surprise Republican nominee for vice president.
"I called her 'the Time Bomb,'" she writes of Palin. "From the minute Sarah arrived the campaign began splitting apart. And rather than joining us, and our campaign, she seemed only to begin her own."
Anchorage, Alaska (CNN) – Sen. Lisa Murkowski could concede the GOP Senate primary as early as Tuesday night after election officials in Alaska finish counting the day's absentee ballots.
In an interview with CNN, Murkowski campaign spokesman Steve Wackowski was emphatic that the vote could still swing their way. "We're being hopeful, we want to make sure that all the votes are counted," he said.
But Wackowski also addressed the harsh reality that Murkowski might fall to the once lesser known, Tea Party Express-endorsed Joe Miller.
"I think we should know ... by our calculus, we should know by tonight," Wackowski said.
Wackowski was asked if Murkowski might concede the race to Miller once Tuesday's ballot counting ends. "Unfortunately we've got all our options are on the table," he lamented.
Washington (CNN) - The CNN 100, a list of the nation’s 100 most vulnerable House races, has been updated to reflect the latest developments in the battle to control the chamber this November.
Four freshman and sophomore Republicans, Reps. Brian Bilbray of California, Pete Roskam of Illinois, Erik Paulsen of Minnesota, and Leonard Lance of New Jersey, have been dropped from the list. Although they all represent districts President Obama carried in 2008, their opponents have yet to make significant in-roads.
They are replaced on the list by four Democrats: Reps. Betty Sutton of Ohio, Jim Himes of Connecticut, John Yarmuth of Kentucky, and Nick Rahall of West Virginia.
The updated list can be viewed here. The latest changes are detailed after the jump.
(CNN) - The Democratic Governors Association announced Tuesday that they have raised over $1 million to "match" the $1 million that Fox News' parent company, News Corporation, has given to the Republican Governors Association in the 2010 election cycle.
The announcement demonstrates the success Democrats have had painting Fox News as a mouthpiece for the Republican Party.
"When Fox News' parent company, News America, pumped a million bucks into this year's 37 governors' races, I bet they thought they'd be helping the Republican Governors Association snuff out Democratic state leaders and congressional majorities for years to come," the DGA's executive director, Nathan Daschle, wrote in an e-mail to supporters Monday. "Boy, did that backfire."
The DGA raised nearly $200,000 in the last 48 hours according to Daschle's e-mail and another e-mail sent Tuesday by DGA finance director Colleen Turrentine.
(CNN) - In what is becoming a regular occurrence at the White House, a senior adviser will answer questions submitted via YouTube after the president's Oval Office address Tuesday night.
Deputy national security adviser for strategic communications Ben Rhodes will answer questions submitted by the public on YouTube. Users of the site have voted on their favorites and Rhodes will answer the questions that received the most votes.
"The Open for Questions live chats are an increasingly popular and effective way for the Administration to create a online dialogue between senior officials and Americans across the country about issues they care about, such as the end of combat operations in Iraq," White House director of new media Macon Phillips told CNN.
This is not the first time the White House has used YouTube to solicit and then answer questions on major topics. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs participated in one after Gulf oil spill, and former White House communications director Anita Dunn answered questions after Obama's speech to the Join Session of Congress regarding health care. The president himself has even participated in one of the sessions.