It was an upset here before it was even over. Sarah Palin-backed Joe Miller stunned political watchers in Alaska in a nail-biter of a race with incumbent Senator Lisa Murkowski in the Alaska GOP primary.
At 2 a.m. local time, Miller led Murkowski 45,188 votes to 42,633 with 84 percent of precincts reporting. Votes will continue to be counted throughout the day and then a possible 16,000 absentee ballots will need to be counted.
If Miller is victorious over Murkowski, this will be Palin’s biggest 2010 win to date, and without question biggest upset. At his election night party at the Snowgoose Restaurant in Anchorage, Miller said Palin “brought us national prominence.”
Palin endorsed Miller in June, but it was only Friday when she took the backing one step further in a Facebook post going after Murkowski saying the “country does not need another Democrat in the Senate voting for the Obama agenda” while urging supporters to donate 30,000 dollars to Miller—"$1,000 for each of the 30 years this senate seat has been locked in by the Murkowski family."
Tuesday afternoon, at an Election Day rally in none other than Palin’s home of Wasilla, Murkowski hit back. (Continues here)