August 31st, 2010
10:15 PM ET
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Murkowski concedes Alaska GOP Senate primary

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski (right) conceded her state’s GOP Senate primary Tuesday to Tea Party favorite Joe Miller (left).
Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski (right) conceded her state’s GOP Senate primary Tuesday to Tea Party favorite Joe Miller (left).

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.

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soundoff (69 Responses)
  1. Robert

    How the tide turns...........hummmmmmmmm

    Out with incumbents – big message: do ya hear us in DC?

    September 1, 2010 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  2. billy

    the Republican circular firing squad continues. I didn't expect to see it so much bloodier than the Democrat version of the same thing.

    September 1, 2010 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  3. Tko

    oh god please vote this teapartier in.
    Let his anti-government policies kick in and let the rest of the nation see exactly how their future with these absurd politicians will play out.

    Or watch him not have the nerve to carry it out, and be stuck with the same sad sacks of losers we have in congress already. Either way, you want to make your bed like that, go ahead and sleep in it.

    September 1, 2010 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  4. Jeff Kelly

    Great win for Palin.

    September 1, 2010 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  5. zako

    Seriously? A guy educated on tax dollar is now TEA PARTY? Is he a deviant or m I missing something? What's that Tea Party is really about? Race or Polity? I am confused

    September 1, 2010 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  6. Melvin

    God save the USA. the republican candidates just get more and more extreme and crazier. Do people actually believe in what they preach?

    September 1, 2010 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  7. Aaron

    Most of us wanted incumbents out, but the alternatives are not looking too rosy....or sane.

    September 1, 2010 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  8. Dennis

    wow, I expected a recount

    September 1, 2010 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  9. CNN write better articles

    So what happens after all the votes are counted if she has more primary votes? What is the bidding significance of "concedeing"?

    September 1, 2010 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  10. spudrooski

    Its OK...she was just another air head like rain girl(sarah palin)Obamamites are gonna pick you guys off one at a time until we get this country out of the mess george w bush got us in

    September 1, 2010 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  11. Anonymous

    What has happened to our country? We have a one person, one vote and every vote counts law. As long as there are more ballots to count then the difference in the two candidates, how cna there be a concession?
    Some 10,000 people voted and have not had their voice heard. This is illegal!
    Sounds to me like another fixed election by Republicans

    September 1, 2010 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  12. Bob of Lompoc

    Payoff? Go away and don't come back.

    September 1, 2010 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
  13. Anonymous

    I think we must vote as if our lives depend upon it in November and 2012, I think our country is lost.

    September 1, 2010 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
  14. Barefoot Freddie

    Alaska thanks you, Palin--(Yeah,Right..) Now, come on down to the lower 48 and jump on a National ticket–After Beck's Circus this past week-end, We could all use a good laugh-

    September 1, 2010 02:27 am at 2:27 am |
  15. charlie

    Alaska it looks like u are on ur own....................O.K. LATER......=]

    September 1, 2010 02:28 am at 2:28 am |
  16. MarineWill

    Let me get this straight; DC has no congressional representation but PoeDunk Alaska rates not only house, but senate representation?

    September 1, 2010 02:48 am at 2:48 am |
  17. MarineWill

    Wow! Those Palins sure hold a grudge don't they!

    September 1, 2010 02:52 am at 2:52 am |
  18. Don Wuerl

    It really was a matter of time. Senator Murkowski did a lot of good; however, good things do come to an end at some point. Senator-elect Joe Miller is crazier than many of the nutcases in the local asylums! I don't know when Mr. Miller will get the memo; but, the Tea Party is misleading, dangerously violent, and very racist!!!

    September 1, 2010 03:27 am at 3:27 am |
  19. jules sand-perkins

    Does everybody remember Grant Park, election night?
    "Change has come to America."

    September 1, 2010 04:40 am at 4:40 am |
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