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Murkowski Concedes

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Lisa Murkowski has conceded in Alaska.

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.

I have not been a fan of Lisa Murkowski since she was appointed to her senate seat by her father – icky. As it happens, her voting record also left something to be desired, and so I’m very pleased to see her go down. Joe Miller is almost certainly the next senator from Alaska.

Many will chalk this up to the so-called “anti-incumbent’ fervor of this year, but I think it’s something different. People are tired of politics as usual which generally seems to mean those who become part of Washington rather than remain one of their constituents. One can be an incumbent and avoid this – John McCain leaps to mind, but we’ll need to see what actually happens in the elections. Still, I can’t help but think that the ‘anti-incumbent’ meme is really about ignoring the losses of those politicians who’ve become to much part of the Beltway club. This year, that’s mostly democrats, but not entirely.

However, in the end, there’s going to be a lot of new blood in Congress, much of it part of the Tea Party, and all of it unbeholden to ‘politics as usual.’

Key question: will Murkowski support Miller in the general election or be a spoiler of some sort?

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Written by martinipundit

August 31, 2010 at 11:20 pm

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