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Underdog Rides Tea Party Express in Alaska Primary

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Posted on Aug 25, 2010
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Bound for the U.S. Senate?: Alaska’s Joe Miller could unseat incumbent Lisa Murkowski.

In a twist of primary fate on Tuesday, Alaskan Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s future standing was thrown into question by one Joe Miller, who built up steam for his anti-big-government cause, even in a state known for scoring major federal funding, with a little help from some high-profile conservatives and tea party boosters.  —KA

The Washington Post:

Results on Wednesday showed Joe Miller holding a slim lead of about 1,900 votes over Murkowski, but a winner might not be declared until election officials count as many as 10,000 absentee ballots, which could take several days.

Nevertheless, early returns suggested a stunning upset, as Miller carried the anti-spending furor of the “tea party” movement to the most unlikely frontier: a state that has benefited far more from pork-barrel spending over the years than any state in the Lower 48.

Whereas Murkowski continued a long tradition of Alaska politicians touting their ability to steer an outsize proportion of Washington dollars back home, Miller campaigned on his belief that the federal investment there had made Alaska a sort of “federal fiefdom.” Miller argued, apparently with some success, that with the government effectively bankrupt, Alaska should assume responsibility for its own destiny.

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By Queenie, August 26, 2010 at 5:01 pm Link to this comment

C Quil -“That is the WORST excuse for a beard I have ever seen. Is he trying to hide something with that?”

Crib notes.

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By C Quil, August 26, 2010 at 1:42 pm Link to this comment

That is the WORST excuse for a beard I have ever seen.

Is he trying to hide something with that?

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By felicity, August 26, 2010 at 11:48 am Link to this comment

The visual medium has about 3 minutes to cover and wrap
an event. But out here in the real world, since we’re
not limited to 3 minutes (yet), we might consider that
Murkowski’s defeat by Miller was not an endorsement of
Miller, it was a defeat of Murkowski.

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By ofersince72, August 25, 2010 at 3:28 pm Link to this comment

I didn’t read all this but it looks as though

Alaska does get it,  get rid of all incumbents.

Why is it that the republicans are taking the lead at this

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