August 25th, 2010
09:58 AM ET
12 years ago

Murkowski finds political career on the brink in Alaska

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption ="Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski is currently trailing political newcomer Joe Miller in the race for Senate."](CNN) - Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a scion of what was once one of Alaska's most famous political families, finds her Senate career on the brink Wednesday morning – trailing previously little-known attorney Joe Miller by 1,960 votes according to an unofficial count by the Associated Press.

Miller highly benefited from support from the Tea Party Express and the backing of Sarah Palin, who in the 2006 GOP primary defeated a Murkowski of her own – then-sitting Gov. Frank Murkowski.

But with over 16,000 ballots expected to be received within 10-15 days, about 14 percent of the vote remains out standing and it is likely to remain unclear who won this battle for days. Given the number of absentees, Murkowski will likely need to capture 57 percent of the remaining votes to eek out a victory.

Listen: CNN's John King and Bob Costantini discuss the Alaska GOP Senate primary.

Still, on a night where most of the incumbents held serve in the political arena, Murkowski's performance is a striking reminder of continued voter discontent toward incumbents and the influence Palin can wield on elections – especially in her home turf.

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Filed under: 2010 • Alaska • Joe Miller • Lisa Murkowski • Sarah Palin
soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. Buster

    Hockey Puck...Murkowski was a luke warm supporter of nobummer's health care deformity and that is the reason she was not supported by Governor Palin and the Tea Party. Any Republican who supports the demorats tax and spend policies or the debacle of the health care deformity bill will not be sent back to DC. Real Hope and Change is coming in November and one heck of a lot of demorats will be sent home to the unemployment rolls like they have done to the population of this country.

    August 25, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  2. hillcrester

    For this ineffective incumbent to "eek" out a victory would truly be an eek. My whole reaction to Palin is one big EEK! Perhaps the CNN writer (do they still have any?) needs to consult a dictionary.

    August 25, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  3. JES

    That's what happens when you don't listen to the voters.

    August 25, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  4. Michael

    In previous elections, most Palin endorsed candidates lost. I'm not sure how many politicians who endorse candidates have much if any impact on the outcome. I believe that most people decide on who they back based on their own research and beliefs and not on who endorses them.

    August 25, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  5. malabar

    The Palinator! even if murkowski ends up winning, a girl fight is always interesting. remember hillary vs obambi?

    August 25, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  6. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    Which is it CNN, a close race or is Murkowski in trouble? You are misleading us!

    August 25, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  7. jules sand-perkins

    Joe Miller's message about entitlements is what all of America needs to hear. That's why he got votes.
    Let's all listen to him.

    August 25, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  8. NVa Native

    Hey Faux News and Corporate News Network (CNN) where is that huge "anti-incumbant" surge you keep spewing about???
    Just more crap from the right wing propoganda machine and lazy-suck-up "reporting" (sure isn't journalism) – I guess?

    August 25, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  9. JK Ashburn, VA

    Regardless of Palin, I will be glad to see Murkowski go. She was appointed to the job by her dad while he was governor. She was not qualified. Nepotism is government remains abhorent, regardless of party. American democracy is not based on monarchy.

    August 25, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  10. Ron in Califonia

    Unless the Dems do the same thing they did with Franken (Cheat) it's BUH BYE

    August 25, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  11. Laughing

    Republicans always turn on their own.

    August 25, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  12. bill

    well just look who is standing to her left. NUF SAID.PICTURE WORTH THOUSAND WORDS

    August 25, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
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