October 31st, 2010
02:08 PM ET
12 years ago

Senate candidate leads with her gut

(CNN) - A defiant Alaska senator was on the campaign trail this weekend.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who is facing a tough three-way race in the state, said her gut is telling her she's leading her opponents.

"My gut tells me we are winning this campaign and we are doing so in a big way," Murkowski told CNN's Drew Griffin on Saturday. "I'm feeling extraordinarily good about where we are right now."

Murkowski launched a write-in bid for Senate after she lost the GOP primary to Tea Party-backed Joe Miller earlier this year, and they will both face Democrat Scott McAdams in Tuesday's election.

When asked if she ever thought her career would come to a write-in candidacy given her famous Alaska last name, she said she "never really thought about it, no."

"If I had I probably would have taken my husband's name," she said.

But she acknowledged that the experience will make her a different kind of senator if she returns to Washington, and called the break from the GOP "really very liberating."

"I know very well who will have returned me to Washington, D.C., to the United States Senate," Murkowski said. "And it will be these people in this state and nobody else."

She skirted the issue when asked what party she would caucus with in the new Congress and said she would be returning to represent "Alaskans interest," instead of the Republican Party's.

When CNN caught up with Miller, he too sounded confident.

"I know the Alaska people are behind us solidly," Miller said. "I'm excited that we can feel the momentum."

Recent polls show Murkowski and Miller in a deadlocked race with McAdams trailing.

– CNN's Drew Griffin and Kathleen Johnston contributed to this report

Filed under: 2010 • Alaska • Lisa Murkowski
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Larry

    You go girl ...

    Kick some butt ...

    October 31, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  2. T'SAH from Virginia

    DEMOCRATS – You DO NOT have to vote for Murkowski in order to BEAT 'Miller High Life" – Vote for Scott McAdams!! With your vote, Scott McAdams just might PULL THIS OFF!!!

    DEMOCRATS in AK – Vote for Scott McAdams. Murkowski's VALUES are inline with "Miller High Life"!!

    This is T'SAH from Virginia and I approve this message!!!

    October 31, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  3. Darth Vadik, CA

    It is unfortunate that WE the people usually don't see what is good for us in the long run, we want a quick fix ad to heck with tomorrow. It's always nice to get that thousand or two thousand dollar check from the oil company like every citizen of Alaska does, but that is really blood money that dooms our future.

    I understand that it is hard to refuse that money on principle, and I don't know if I would refuse it either (especially today with this unemployment rate – thanks to Republican economic policies that we have had for the last 30 years), but there is a bigger picture to think about.

    Blood money is blood money

    October 31, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  4. Michelle

    If Mudratski wins, God help Alaska!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 31, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |