September 17th, 2010
05:16 PM ET
13 years ago

Murkowski plans to run as write-in candidate

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption ="Sen. Lisa Murkowski will announce her plans to run as a write-in candidate Friday."]

(CNN) - When Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska announces Friday night - as expected - that she is launching a write-in campaign to retain her seat, she'll be stepping into the middle of some very testy Republican infighting.

Tea Party Express Chairwoman Amy Kremer, whose group campaigned heavily for Murkowski's primary opponent - and eventual primary winner - Joe Miller, said the senator's decision proves she doesn't "get it."

"She was fired by the people. The people were given a choice and they voted for somebody else," she said, adding that she was shocked to learn of Murkowski's decision.

A Republican source told CNN that Murkowski informed "a few" close colleagues that she plans to run as a write-in candidate. A separate source with knowledge of her decision said she expects to announce her write-in candidacy Friday.

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Updated 8:45 p.m.

Filed under: 2010 • Alaska • Lisa Murkowski
soundoff (156 Responses)
  1. Erik

    I say that the two of them should arm wrestle on november 3rd to see who is the worstest loser. Hurray for the Lefties!

    September 17, 2010 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  2. Chris M

    What a self centered jerk. She is handing the seat to the Democrats. As far as I am concerned all politicians stink.

    September 17, 2010 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  3. Johnnymorales

    Whew looks like the scorned Republican is going to give the party a taste of her fury.

    I do hope she goes all out thouth her chances of winning as a write in are slim.

    I'd rather her win or the Democrat that the libertarian loon who says unemployment insurance is illegal because it unconstitutional.

    September 17, 2010 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  4. Paul Lewis

    Where can I send Her money to?

    September 17, 2010 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  5. George of the jungle

    Hopefully they will destroy each other. But beware. all you democrats need to get out and vote in November or no telling what kind of a mess we will be in. You think it cant get worse. Yes it can. All these illerate tea baggers in ofice and the limbaughs and gingriches of the world pulling the strings. Help

    September 17, 2010 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  6. Johnnymorales

    Y'know if Miller wins and gets his way Alaska would pay dearly if his ideas became law.

    Alaska gets far more federal $ than any other state, something like $3.20 for ever $1 Alaskans pay in taxes (the bridge to nowhere is an example, they didn't build the bridge but still got the money)

    Miller wants to cut the policies and programs that funnel so much money to Alaska.

    If they do elect it will be poetic justice the man they sent to DC to stop the spending starts with their state.

    September 17, 2010 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
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