Defeated Senator Lisa Murkowski will announce a write-in bid for Senate tonight at 9 p.m. ET, 5 p.m. ADT. Murkowski was beaten by Tea Party favorite Miller, but has says she has been flooded with calls from Alaskans to peruse a write-in bid
Alaska Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski will announce tonight in Anchorage she intends to pursue reelection as a write-in candidate after losing the GOP primary to Fairbanks attorney and tea party-backed insurgent candidate Joe Miller.
The news is not unexpected, as Murkowski strongly hinted on yesterday in an interview with The Anchorage Daily News that she would fight to hold onto her seat.
“When you think about the outcome of that, in a closed Republican primary, how many Alaskans were actually able to weigh in? So what is the will of the constituency? When you hear this outpouring of support and concern — concern about the future of the state of Alaska and our representation here in the Senate — you do feel a responsibility,” Murkowski said.
Murkowski’s campaign manager John Bitney told RealClearPolitics earlier this week that the senator has received a tremendous amount of encouragement from Alaskans to remain in the race, and her campaign office has remained up and running as she has weighed her options.