November 2, 2010 |
The three-way slugfest that many here are calling Alaska's "stranger than fiction" U.S. Senate race settled down Tuesday in a crawl to the polls along slushy streets blanketed with fresh snow, with some campaigns offering voters free rides to the polls. But early voting via absentee ballots already has been heavier than usual, and Alaskans are hardly wimps when it comes to weather ? all sides were bracing for a tense photo finish in one of the nation's most closely watched Senate campaigns, in which Sen. Lisa Murkowski is waging a write-in campaign to hold on to her seat against nominees from both major parties.
October 15, 2010 |
In a difficult fight to retain her seat, Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski has launched a new television ad featuring the endorsement of Ted Stevens, a political giant in the state who was killed in an August plane crash. Reflecting the sensitivity of the move, Murkowski promotes his endorsement carefully in a minute-long ad, first obtained by Politico. It begins with Stevens' daughter, Sue Covich, speaking to the camera about her father's relationship with Murkowski. "My dad and Lisa made a great team for Alaska, and were always loyal to each other and the state they loved," she says.
November 3, 2010 |
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski held on to an apparent lead Wednesday in her write-in bid to hold on to her Senate seat in Alaska, though "tea party" candidate Joe Miller's campaign leaders said they were not nearly ready to concede. With more than 98% of the ballots counted in the tense, three-way race, write-in ballots had gained 41% of the vote ? a mark considered crucial to success by many analysts ? while Miller still trailed with 34.2%. Democrat Scott McAdams had 23.7%. "This is about our state.
November 4, 2010 |
The day before Tuesday's election, 30 mph winds and freezing rain buffeted the state capital of Juneau, but no matter: Mark Vinsel, head of the United Fishermen of Alaska, stood on a street corner waving signs for U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski. A week or so earlier, Vinsel and some of his fellow commercial fishermen had mailed 4,000 postcards urging boat captains to write in Murkowski's name on the ballot. They organized phone trees to remind friends and crew members of the senator's work on Exxon Valdez oil spill tax benefits, fishing subsidies and salmon habitat protection.
October 3, 2004 |
She wants to be known simply as Lisa. A smart, direct, down-to-earth neighbor who happens to be a U.S. senator. Lisa is running for a second term in this land of the midnight sun, and at the moment is on the campaign trail. The aides shuttling her from event to event wear buttons that display her first name in bold capital letters. Her last name, Murkowski, is reduced almost to fine print. The same is true of her lawn signs and posters all over the state.
November 11, 2010 |
With the count of write-in ballots trending heavily toward Lisa Murkowski in the U.S. Senate race, the campaign of Republican nominee Joe Miller announced Thursday it would file suit to gain access to precinct voter records in an attempt to track down what campaign officials said were instances of voting irregularities. Conservative political consultant Floyd Brown, acting as what he called a "volunteer strategist" for Miller, said the campaign had opened a voter fraud hotline to collect reports he said were flowing in to conservative radio talk show programs claiming bullying of voters, threats of job losses and other forms of purported intimidation aimed at garnering votes for Murkowski.