Lisa Murkowski Does Not Want To Help Joe Miller Get Elected

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Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) wants Republicans to triumph in her state’s U.S. Senate race this year. Her commitment to the race, however, depends on who the party nominates.

Murkowski said Monday that she has no plans to wade into the GOP’s primary, although she’s willing to help her party in the race against Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK). But not just any Republican.

“If Joe Miller wins, I’m not probably going to be working too hard,” Murkowski said, according to the Anchorage Daily News.

The two have an acrimonious history. Riding an endorsement from Sarah Palin, Miller defeated Murkowski in a 2010 GOP primary. But Murkowski got the last laugh in the general election, defeating the tea party candidate with an improbable write-in campaign.

Miller is one of three Republicans, along with Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell and former natural resources commissioner Dan Sullivan, vying for the GOP’s nomination in this year’s Senate race.

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