August 25th, 2010
08:45 PM ET
12 years ago

Murkowski: 'It ain't over yet, folks'

(CNN) - Sen. Lisa Murkowski vowed Wednesday "it ain't over yet," as she pinned her hopes for a comeback in the Alaska Republican primary on thousands of absentee votes still to be counted.

In a political stunner, Murkowski finds herself trailing little known challenger Joe Miller for the GOP nomination by nearly 1500 votes, 50.8 percent to 49.2 percent. But the results aren't final, with absentee and mail-in votes still out.

Recounting Alaska's recent history of close elections, she told reporters in Anchorage "we know for a fact it ain't over until it's over. There's much, much more to be counted."

Murkowksi said she was "still digesting" the meaning of Tuesday's vote, but said there is "no second guessing" or doubts about her strategy. "I'm very proud of the campaign," she said.

As reporters pressed for insights, the Senator said she was more focused on matters like taking her son to school, walking her dog and bicycling in the warm weather. "We're continuing on through the process, and remain optimistic."

But Murkowski allowed that the political climate had changed since poll numbers suggested she had a big lead. "Clearly there was a shift," she said. "Whether it was kind of the anti-incumbent feedback you get in the lower 48 [states], I don't know yet."

She dismissed questions over whether her options could include launching an independent bid for the Senate in the fall if she loses, "It is way, way, premature to even be taking about that."

Anchorage television station KTUU first reported Murkowski's ten-minute gathering with reporters on its web site.

Filed under: 2010 • Alaska • Lisa Murkowski
soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. The Progressive and Media rape of America ends the first week of November 2010

    Murkowski just needs to hire the DNC to come and make things right. They are primo experts at election thefts.

    August 25, 2010 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  2. the real ib

    I hope she loses; she is one of those from both parties that need to go–go out the door.

    August 25, 2010 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  3. Albo58

    Step down, Madame RINO!

    August 25, 2010 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  4. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Just knowing that Sarah Palin backed Joe Miller would make me vote for Lisa Murkoski.

    August 25, 2010 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  5. Marie MD

    AK the old/new SC!! 🙂 🙂
    What a joke the whole state is. I stil don't give what's her name any power over any of these races.
    She's not the big deal that the media idiots think she is.
    I can't find one democrat or republican who likes her or think she is worthy of all the press coverage.

    August 25, 2010 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  6. T'SAH from Virginia

    Even if Murkowski wins, the PA'IN will take credit for the UPSET!!

    August 25, 2010 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  7. Joe

    Thank you Sarah Palin for sabotaging a perfectly good Senator and replacing her with an unknown quantity for no other reason than your ego and your supposedly "pure" values.

    August 25, 2010 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  8. Sunshine

    She's an idiot. Get real, its over.

    August 25, 2010 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  9. terry,va

    Unless there is a Al Franken moment the election is over. Franken stole that election and maybe the crooked Murkowksi will too.

    August 25, 2010 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  10. Keith in Austin

    Give it up Murk. You lost to someone more conservative than you!

    August 25, 2010 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  11. B.B.

    Ex. Sen. Lisa Murkowski you flunk the crazy test of the Tea Party! Goodbye!

    August 25, 2010 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  12. barry

    I guess the rude comments she made about Palin aren't as funny now. Looks like the chickens have come home to roost.

    August 25, 2010 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  13. malabar

    She is correct. however, at this point her future looks a bit Murky owski hahaha! oh c'mon, i had to get that 1 out 🙂

    August 25, 2010 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  14. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I see a big time fix and a recall to deny this woman her win and it won't be coming from Alaska.

    August 25, 2010 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  15. J.V.Hodgson

    Even if he had planned to go the naivety of the crowds gathering there simply meant the Security service agents would demand change. The originalschedule would likely have been cupcakes with Michelle and the kids and him off to golf later. All that had to change. How naieve!

    August 25, 2010 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  16. Bob of Lompoc

    I despise Palin, all she stands for (Uh, I'm not sure what that is actually), her media circus and her "look at me, aren't I cute" persona. But, this Murkowski thing is interesting. Love a good cat fight. Keep an eye on those ballots boys. Since Murkowski borrowed from Yogi Berra ("it ain't over, etc.") this Yogi-ism may fit a Murkowski loss, which would be a repeat of her father's loss: "It's deja vu all over again".

    August 25, 2010 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  17. Tina

    When you have a party led by a man from Chicago (thuggery and mafia), a woman from San Francisco and a man from Las Vegas, I do not think you are representative of the majority of America today.

    August 26, 2010 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  18. Buster

    This week Governor Palin went 5 for 5 if Joe Miller wins who was a vast underdog. Even if he loses she still went 4 of 5 which is better than obama's record. Either way, it will be a Republican that cannot be defeated by a demorat in Alaska. So liberals, let the whining begin.

    August 26, 2010 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  19. jlec

    HEY.....CNN>>>>>>>>> you didn't mention Palin.......She endorsed him!!!!!!!!

    August 26, 2010 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  20. James Brooklyn N.Y.

    I could care less who wins they are both republican (domestic terrorist) I'd rather Lisa wins to spite the queen terrorist Palin.

    August 26, 2010 01:36 am at 1:36 am |