(CNN) – Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski was warmly embraced by some of her fellow Republicans who shunned her for launching a write-in campaign instead of accepting the results of the GOP primary she lost.
Murkowski was one of 11 Republicans to attend a swearing-in ceremony in the Senate chamber Monday for two Democrats who won special elections.
Before the event began, as colleagues spotted her on the Senate floor, several approached her with a hug or an arm across the back.
With some – like GOP Senators Richard Lugar, R-Indiana and Orrin Hatch, R-Utah – the interaction seemed comfortable.
But it was slightly awkward when she was approached by Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso, who elected to replace Murkowski in the Senate GOP leadership when she was forced to resign her leadership position after losing her primary, and when she was greeted by National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Texas Sen. John Cornyn, who had urged her not to launch a write-in campaign.
After the event, Murkowski lingered.
From the press gallery above the Senate floor, she could be seen and heard reporting the latest developments to her colleagues in the still undecided race against GOP candidate Joe Miller.
At one point Murkowski showed off a rubber wristband with her name on it that was handed out to voters to help them spell Murkowski's name correctly on the write-in ballots.