Murkowski’s Write-In Candidacy Surging Ahead of Teapartier Miller
September 30, 2010
(ChattahBox Political News)— Tea party hero Sen. Jim “Waterloo” DeMint (R-SC) won’t like this. A new poll shows Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) surging ahead of tea party candidate Joe Miller in the Alaska senatorial race. After losing in the Republican primary to the Sarah Palin-backed upstart, Murkowski opted to stay in the race as a write-in candidate, despite her somewhat hard to spell name. And to the chagrin of the tea party groups backing Miller.
Murkowski’s decision to stay in the race, may very well pay off. The Craciun Research poll shows Murkowski leading Miller by 11 points in the three-way race.
“One week after Lisa Murkowski’s announcement to run as a write-in candidate, she pulls ahead in the race for US Senate. The GOP Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski, is trying to keep her seat in the Senate with a write-in campaign, she leads the field with 41% of voters choosing her over Republican nominee Joe Miller, 30%, and Democrat Scott McAdams at 19%.”
Murkowski’s double-digit lead over the fringe extremist candidate Miller is attributed to her ability to attract Independent voters, as well as a number of moderate Democrats. Miller on the other hand, who believes unemployment benefits are unconstitutional and wants to do away with Social Security and Medicare, is only drawing the very conservative voters of Alaska.
“Senator Murkowski’s lead is largely due to her broad based support among Republican, Democrats and Independents. 30% of registered Democrats are supporting Murkowski’s bid for re-election.” [...]
“In Alaska, 53% of voters are not registered with any party or are independent. In order to win a statewide race you need to attract independent voters and according to these results Senator Murkowski is doing just that – 45% of independent voters are supporting Murkowski to Miller’s 24%. Joe Miller does well among conservative voters, claiming 57% of all Republican voters to Murkowski’s 35%.”
“Senator Murkowski’s lead is largely due to her broad based support among Republican, Democrats and Independents. 30% of registered Democrats are supporting Murkowski’s bid for re-election.”
Sen. Jim DeMint is an avid supporter of Miller. Earlier in the week, DeMint caused some Republican infighting by sending out a strongly worded fundraising appeal blasting his fellow Republicans for not fully supporting Miller’s candidacy as the Party nominee.
The Idaho Statesman reports that Miller was in Washington DC on Wednesday to attend fundraisers coordinated by his mentor Sen. DeMint.
“Sen. Jim DeMint, a South Carolina Republican who endorsed Miller immediately following the primary and has been raising money for him, left the event beaming. DeMint, who has been something of a kingmaker among tea party-backed candidates this election cycle, said he thought fellow Senate Republicans had “really come around to the idea that we need to get behind him” despite some residual goodwill for Murkowski among her Senate colleagues.”
Meanwhile, Miller is facing a possible $50,000 fine for his failure to file required financial disclosure forms with the Senate records office and ethics committee. His campaign should have filed the paperwork back in April.