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Election 2010

Sen. Lisa Murkowski To Announce Decision On Write-In Today

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, the Alaska Republican who has been mulling whether to wage a write-in campaign ever since was defeated in her bid for another term in the Aug. 24 primary, will announce her decision today.

Erika Bolstad of the Anchorage Daily News reports that Murkowski will "address Alaskans" at the Dena'ina Convention Center in Anchorage at 5 p.m. — 9 p.m. Eastern time.  Her decision comes as the national GOP has "closed ranks" behind its nominee, attorney Joe Miller, a Tea Party/Sarah Palin favorite, who narrowly defeated Murkowski in the primary.  Nonetheless, Bolstad writes of Murkowski:

She is being swayed, she said, by Alaskans she described as "from all walks of life."

"Believe you me, the easier path would be to pack it all up and go do something different," she said. "If I had not heard this call from Alaskans, I would not be deliberating as I am."

Mitch McConnell, the Senate Republican leader, said only that Murkowski would have to "decide for herself" what she should do.  But he sent Miller $5,000 from his own PAC.

Politics Daily's Patricia Murphy muses that "the odds are stacked against anyone with a nine-letter last name succeeding as a write-in."

The Hill's Elise Viebeck writes that Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) "blasted" Murkowski in a speech at the Values Voters Summit this morning in Washington.  In discussing the Tea Party movement, DeMint said, "Even in Alaska, the home of bacon, they threw out that senator."

And Alaska Public Radio's Libby Casey reports that it doesn't sound like Murkowski is giving up just yet.

Only one person in history — South Carolina's Strom Thurmond, then a Democrat — has won a Senate race via a write-in effort.  And that was in 1954.