In a count of absentee ballots
Murkowski could not surpass a 1,200 vote lead by her Republican primary opponent Joe Miller
and so she conceded victory to Miller early Tuesday night.
Miller bested Murkowski on election night with a lead of 1,668 votes. But with a large number of outstanding absentee ballots out, Senator Murkowski refused to concede. But a week later and with most ballots counted, it became apparent to all, including the Senator, that it was numerically impossible for her to overtake Miller’s lead.
The defeat puts an end to the Murkowski family’s Alaskan political Dynasty, a reign that started when Lisa Murkowski’s father Frank who held the seat his daughter now serves in until he was elected Governor of Alaska. At that point in time, he appointed his daughter to fill out the remainder of his term.
Perhaps the one person who can take the most credit for the demise of the Murkowski’s is Sarah Palin.
After being appointed by Murkowski to head the Alaska Oil Commission, Palin found many irregularities that she was instructed to keep under hat. Those orders came from Governor Murkowski’s Administration. refusing to just sit by and let the establishment get away with insider deals and legal improprieties, Palin made her case public and as a result, several top Murkowski Administration officials went to jail.
Then when it came time for Murkowski to run for reelection, Palin challenged him for the Republican nomination and defeated the powerful Governor and ex-Senator.In the latets loss of a Murkowski, it was Sarah Palin who became the highest profile and one of the only high profiule officials to endorse Joe Miller over Lisa Murkowski. And that endorsement made all the difference.
Evidence of that fact can be found in the numbers where, while in many regions of the state Lisa Murkowski was winning, the areas she lost to Miller produced very slight margin of victories for him. But it was in the area around Wassilla, Palin’s hometown and the town she was Mayor of, produced a plurality of more than 3,000 votes for Joe Miller over Lisa Murkowski.
That in and of itself shows that Palin still has significant sway in Alaska. It is alos proof that Palin was probably the key difference that turned Miller’s underdog candidacy into a strorybook victory.
Beyond the Palin angle though is the narrative of this being an election cycle that is placing big targets on the heads of incumbents andf not just incimbent Democrats. We are talking incumbents of both Parties. Fortunately for Republicans though, there are more Democrat incumbents than Repoublicans, whic means that Democrats have more seats to defend and more obstacles to overcome this November.
As for the general election in Alaska, even though Republican Murkowski is out, you can bank on consewrvative Republican and TEA Party backed Miller to keep Alaska Senate seat in Republican hands, just not the Murkowski’s hands.