Wednesday, September 01, 2010

The Other Joe Miller Wins Alaska Senate Race

Riding the Tea Party activist wave and the endorsement of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Joe Miller has toppled U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R) just like Palin before him deposed her father as Alaska's governor. Murkowski conceded the race to Miller last night after the tallying of thousands of absentee ballots failed to show movement in her direction. She trailed Miller by fewer than 2,000 votes. She thanked her supporters, but she offered no endorsement of Miller. Miller is a heavy favorite to win the November election over Democrat Scott McAdams. Miller is a Yale-educated attorney, West Point graduate and veteran of the Gulf War.

Murkowski becomes the third incumbent senator to lose in this year's primary elections. Utah's Robert Bennett lost to a conservative backed by Tea Party activists in his home state, and Pennsylvania's Arlen Specter lost the Democratic primary in the Keystone State to U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak after Specter switched political parties and won the backing of President Barack Hussein Obama. If I'm reading the tea leaves correctly, we're probably going to see at least 10 incumbent senators lose their bids for re-election this year. What seemed totally unlikely just months ago now seems like a real possibility. Republicans could regain control not only of the House of Representatives but the Senate as well.

1 comment:

Marycatherine Barton said...

She failed to immediately endorse him? Hmmm.