Poll: Sen. Murkowski Leads Tea Party-Backed Miller In Alaska’s GOP Sen Primary

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A new Alaska Survey shows Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski trouncing former federal magistrate Judge Joe Miller in the August 24 Republican Senate primary. The survey, released Wednesday, finds Murkowski leading Miller 62% to 30%. There’s no past poll for comparison.Ivan Moore, whose company Ivan Moore Research conducted the poll, said that Miller — who has received endorsements from the Tea Party Express and Sarah Palin — has been working to raise his profile in the past few weeks. Still, Moore isn’t surprised that Miller is so far behind. “I didn’t look at Joe Miller’s campaign as being anything more than a potentially more than quite energetic and fringe campaign,” he said.

Early last month, Sarah Palin wrote in support of Miller on her Facebook page: “I share Joe’s belief that we are at a critical time in our nation’s history and the status quo will no longer do. Unfortunately, Lisa Murkowski and much of the political establishment have recently evolved into being a bigger part of the big government problem in Washington, and they’ve strayed from the principles upon which they had espoused.”

The margin of error of the latest Alaska Survey is ±5.7 percentage points.