Unusual Incumbent in Alaska's Senate Race Sen. Lisa Murkowski's bid to hold on to her Alaska seat hinges on the public's perception of how she got her job, according to analysts. In 2002, Murkowski, then a relative newcomer to politics, was appointed to the post by her father, veteran Sen. Frank Murkowski, who had been elected governor. From member station KTOO, Bill McAllister reports.
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Unusual Incumbent in Alaska's Senate Race

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Unusual Incumbent in Alaska's Senate Race

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Unusual Incumbent in Alaska's Senate Race

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For the most part, incumbency is seen as a net plus in political campaigns. But how one achieves incumbency can be an issue. That's what faces Lisa Murkowski in her bid to hold on to a U.S. Senate seat in Alaska. Murkowski was a relative newcomer to politics when, in 2002, her father, veteran Sen. Frank Murkowski, was elected governor.

The next month, Murkowski named his daughter to fill his Senate seat. The outcome of the Alaska Senate race could tip the balance of power in Washington in November. But first, there's the matter of tomorrow's Republican primary, in which Lisa Murkowski faces voters for the first time as a senator. From member station KTOO in Juneau, Bill McAllister reports.