Murkowski Waging Write-In Bid For Senate : It's All Politics But she faces a big challenge. Only one senator's ever been elected on a write-in effort, and the national GOP has thrown its support to Joe Miller, the Tea Party-favored candidate who won the Republican nomination.
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Murkowski Is Waging Write-In Bid For Her Alaska Senate Seat

Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska announces her intention to wage a write-in campaign for her seat, in Anchorage on Friday. Michael Dinneen/Associated Press hide caption

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Things are now even more interesting in Alaska, where Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski confirmed last evening that she is going to wage a write-in campaign for her seat.

So, that sets up a three-way race between Murkowski and Joe Miller, the Tea Party/Sarah Palin-favored lawyer who beat her in the Republican primary, and Democrat Scott McAdams (the mayor of ´╗┐´╗┐Sitka).

"Let's make history," is Murkowski's campaign slogan. But as Ken Rudin wrote yesterday, history isn't exactly on the senator's side. Only one senator — South Carolina's Strom Thurmond in 1954 — has ever been elected thanks to write-in votes.

The conventional wisdom will now be that Murkowski's made it possible for McAdams to pick up the seat for Democrats because she will draw some Republican/conservative votes away from Miller. And that will add to more talk about Republicans' chances for taking control of the Senate dimming just a bit, as it did after Tea Party/Sarah Palin favorite Christine O'Donnell won this week's GOP primary in Delaware.

But this year, conventional wisdom hasn't seemed to be worth all that much. So perhaps we should all wait a bit to see how things shake out.

Ken was on Alaska Public Radio last evening, by the way, to talk about what's going on in the Murkowski/Miller/McAdams race.