The Iditarod Of Senate Campaigns

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Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) announces her write-in campaign to win re-election despite losing the Republican Party nomination to Joe Miller.

RNC Chairman Michael Steele reiterates the party’s support for Miller:

Alaskans selected Joe Miller as the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate and he has the full support of the Republican National Committee. I am confident that he will win in November and will work to restore conservative, principled and fiscally responsible leadership in Washington.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell announces that Murkowski is no longer welcome in the Senate Republican leadership, and he accepted her resignation as Republican Conference Secretary. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), who chairs the National Republican Senatorial Committee, recommits to supporting Miller and describes himself as “deeply disappointed” with Murkowski’s decision.