Murkowski Concedes Alaska Primary Race to Tea Party Candidate

FoxNews.com
8/31/2010

In a major upset, Sen. Lisa Murkowski has conceded her GOP Senate primary race to Tea Party Express favorite Joe Miller, who had the backing of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

“I don’t see a scenario in which the primary will turn out in my favor,” Murkowski said in her concession speech.

Murkowski made the concession speech Tuesday night, a full week after the primary.

Murkowski trailed Miller, a Fairbanks attorney, by 1,668 votes after last week’s primary. Election officials began counting absentee and outstanding ballots Tuesday. Murkowski made slight gains, but was never able to get Miller’s lead below 1,200 votes.

“We took the high road,” Murkowski said in her concession speech about not going negative on Miller. “I’m coming back home. You all know my heart and soul has always been in Alaska.”

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