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caption="GOP will support Alaska Senate candidate Joe Miller even if Sen. Lisa Murkowski runs as a write-in candidate."] (CNN) - Republican Party officials appear to be making it perfectly clear who they'll support if Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska decides to continue her bid to keep her seat.
Two weeks ago Murkowski conceded defeat in her bid for her party's nomination. The senator, who's part of a political dynasty in Alaska, was upset in the August 24 primary by once-longshot attorney Joe Miller, who enjoyed strong support from Tea Party activists and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
Murkowksi's scheduled to be in Alaska Friday to announce whether she will run in November's general election, with her most likely option being a bid as a write-in candidate.
Thursday evening the National Republican Senatorial Committee released a statement regarding Murkowski.
"Alaska's voters have spoken, and have chosen Joe Miller as their Republican U.S. Senate nominee. If Senator Murkowski is truly committed to doing 'what is right' for her state, then we hope that she will step forward and fully endorse Joe Miller's candidacy," says NRSC Communications Director Brian Walsh, in a statement.
"No matter what Senator Murkowski decides for her own political interests in the future, Republicans are united behind Joe Miller's nomination, and we are confident that he will be elected Alaska's next U.S. Senator in November," adds Walsh.
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