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Murkowski win a blow to Palin's influence

Nov 18, 2010 6:18:00 AM - thestate.com
Sen. Lisa Murkowski's stunning write-in victory was a political poke in the eye to Alaska's other favorite daughter, Sarah Palin.

The former governor and 2008 vice presidential candidate backed scores of congressional and gubernatorial candidates this election, a sought-after endorsement that helped lift several Republicans to victory.

But she and her husband, Todd, invested far more time and money for Joe Miller, a tea party-backed challenger who shocked Murkowski, the incumbent, by capturing the GOP Senate nomination.

Murkowski's write-in win over Miller in Wednesday's count was a rebuke for Palin on her home turf by voters who know her best, the latest chapter in a bitter family feud that at times seemed more personal than political. It's also an embarrassment as Palin considers a White House bid.

Just this week, Murkowski said she couldn't support Palin for president.

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