August 31st, 2010
10:15 PM ET
4 years ago

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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Filed under: Alaska • Joe Miller • Lisa Murkowski
soundoff (69 Responses)
  1. Tony

    Resume for Vision for America:
    Knows ex-beauty queen who shoots bears from safety and comfort of helicopters.

    August 31, 2010 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  2. dan h.

    sarah palin and the tea party are frauds, a waste of time. they need to shut up and sit down. nobody cares about them. sarah palin is just drumming for a 2012 pres run anyway!!!! i dont support her. never did!

    August 31, 2010 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  3. CathyinAZ

    Unless I am missing something, she was behind by 1500 votes or so with 15,000 left to count HOWEVER, perhaps the citizens of Alaska will look closely at Miller and VOTE for anyone else. He is no more qualified to be a US Senator than Sarah Palin was to be VP!

    August 31, 2010 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  4. bobcat1a

    Another favor to the Democrats. Now that he has the nomination, watch him start walking back his extreme positions or at least non-answering questions about them.

    August 31, 2010 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  5. Palin Power

    This is a clear sign that the inevitable Palin Presidency is upon us all. We will become the Palination and the Palin Revolution will spread around the entire world like wildfire.

    August 31, 2010 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  6. JoeC

    Well, if nothing else it should be fun to watch the Republicans in the Senate trying to coexist with a guy whose sole interest is to take their jobs away from them so he can be the powerbroker.

    August 31, 2010 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  7. SmarterHuman

    Good Riddance! The Murkowskis were crooks! Both her and her father.

    August 31, 2010 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  8. NoTax

    Go, go tea party..

    August 31, 2010 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  9. Joe from West Hills

    God help this country when a wingnut like Joe Miller is close to being a United States Senator.. This country is heading backwards when Miller, Sharon Angle, Rand Paul and others are this close to sitting in the same chamber that has been home to such marvelous public servants in the past. These bums are qualified to carry coffee for those
    men and women who honored the hallowed halls of the US Senate.

    August 31, 2010 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  10. Ronald Schwartz

    This was a great upset,a True conservative will be in the running in Nov.

    August 31, 2010 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  11. George of the jungle

    to bad now we have one more nut job to worrie about. Should have spent the money helping the econmy

    August 31, 2010 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  12. anthony

    Republicans are counting on a good year over the Democrats. But will enough of them make it to the election day? The Tea Party, started by Republicans to harness popular anger against incumbents, has now knocked off more Republican incumbents than Democrats. The Tea Partiers apparently missed the memo that they are supposed to go after only Democratic incumbents. The fringe has taken over the Republican Party. The tail is now wagging the dog. Do the voters want to put this Republican Party back in charge of Congress?

    August 31, 2010 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  13. JBFALASKA

    The only thing more endangered than Democrats appears to be Republicans. 7 and still counting.

    August 31, 2010 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  14. JBFALASKA

    The Murkowski and the Stevens, both former Senators always seemed embroiled in corruption issues. Good to throw them out periodically.

    August 31, 2010 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  15. barry

    That's very gracious of Murkowski. I wish Bill McCullem had of put his big boy pants on and followed Lisa's model.

    August 31, 2010 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  16. John

    Murkowski concedes Alaska GOP Senate primary

    "Heheheh ... it is all unfolding as I have foreseen." – Emperor Palpatine.

    August 31, 2010 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  17. Thomas H.

    Sooooo, Miller gets backed by Palin ....IN the state of Alaska.... and only manages to squeak by to win a republican primary. If that's the extent of Sarah Palin's influence, then the Dems really don't have anything to worry about from her.

    September 1, 2010 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  18. wee-wee

    Alaska eats it, no doubt!

    September 1, 2010 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  19. George of the jungle

    to bad now we have one more nut job to worry about. Should have spent the money helping the economy

    September 1, 2010 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  20. Bob

    I am surprised Ms. Murkowski decided not go the Al Franken route, but then again this was an in-party primary and not the real deal.

    Looks like Miller will be blowing into Washington with some Artic cold air to help dissipate all the hot air we are currently enveloped in. Bear with my cynicism.....Oops!!

    Just like that Johnny Cash song with the lyrics, "
    I hear the train a comin',
    It's rollin' round the bend,
    and I ain't felt the cool air,
    Since I don't know when,
    Cause I'm stuck in hot air DC,
    And time keeps draggin' on,
    But come early this November fall,
    The Tea Party is gonna have a big ball.
    ,

    September 1, 2010 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  21. Four and The Door

    Alaska...the birthplace of the winds. The winds that will sweep across America in November.

    September 1, 2010 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  22. Rafael

    Palin dose it again! I love that women!

    September 1, 2010 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  23. Jeff

    Wow.
    I hope this guy's qualifications are better than the woman who stumped for him. And hopefully he won't use a page from her play book and quit in the middle of HIS term.

    September 1, 2010 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  24. Harry Heatherington Sr.

    And the results are mainly due to the next President ..... Sarah Palin!

    Go get 'em gal !!

    This from your neighbor in Canada!

    September 1, 2010 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  25. Homer

    Here again, this Republican voted for a couple of obama's spending programs and she has paid the price. Demorats will face the anger of American voters in November. For you liberals, this unknown was supported by Governor Palin and much to your sorrow, she is a force for fiscal responsibility in this country.

    September 1, 2010 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
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