Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski is most widely recognized for being Frank Murkowski's heir and Sarah Palin's mortal enemy. If the results of last night's GOP Senate primary hold up, she can add "Tea Party collateral damage" to her resume. As of this afternoon, Murkowski trails former Joe Wilson by nearly 2000 votes. Twitter was caught off guard.
Slate's Dave Weigel lamented the missed opportunities.
Thinking of the 100 profiles of Alvin Greene that were written while Joe Miller was ignored.
Nick Baumann of Mother Jones was probably the first to make the obvious joke.
It is, apparently, Miller time.
NBC's politics junky Chuck Todd frantically grappled with the issue of historical precedent.
Tribune reporter Mike Memoli had fun with numbers.
Fun fact: 4 have served in Senate seat Murkowski holds. First 2 lost in primaries
The ever-enigmatic pourmecoffee took stock of Murkowski's crossover appeal.
This ends with Murkowski hooking up with Levi Johnston in some weird, sad alliance. I can just feel it.
Nate Silver, whose blog is now hosted by New York Times, could have predicted this if anyone bothered to give him his precious data.
Don't think Murkowski's (probable) loss should be thought of as all THAT shocking. Nobody had polled the race in 6 weeks.
Larry Sabato of UVA painted a portrait of a Great White North gripped with chaos
Alaskans today seem uniformly shocked. All have been honest w/me. Not one expected Miller upset. Rumors rife--Lisa write-in, T Knowles as D.
The Washington Post's Aaron Blake surveyed Murkowski's less-than-appealing options...
@jmartpolitico Apparently Murkowski would have to run as a secessionist. But I supposed that's better than write-in.
...at which point radio contact with Alaska was cut off for good.
Not a good sign - this Alaska Dems call almost inaudible due to bad connex/speakerphone they've got going on.
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