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.


7 Responses to “Murkowski’s Write-In Candidacy Surging Ahead of Teapartier Miller”

  1. SAL on September 30th, 2010 12:52 pm

    This “TWIT” couldn’t win this race if you paid for all her ad’s! You’re wishing here, not reporting the nerws! Articles like this piece of junk are why I rarely read your “News” articles!
    Have a nice day!

  2. Jamie on September 30th, 2010 1:03 pm

    If Murkowski pulls this off, I think the real message is that we should just abolish primaries entirely and make every candidate a write-in candidate. There’s no point in running for a primary if you intend to run anyway.

  3. SteveMD2 on September 30th, 2010 1:10 pm

    Palin should be the kiss of death to Miller.

    And thew behavior of the Repubs should be the kiss of death to Murkowski. I’ve never seen such viciousness – is it hatred also? in a political campaign in this country. on both sides of the Repub party.

    As someone who attended a town hall meeting re health care a year ago said to me,…………

    The next thing she expected was the SS goons and another Krystalancht

    In Ameerica

  4. Jim on September 30th, 2010 1:20 pm

    I do not think this suggest that we should only have write in primaries, I think it suggests that Independents should be allowed to choose the party primary they want to vote in. This would allow the broader electorate to select party nominees, and would get the opinions of the Independent electorate into the primary process. So far in this election cycle we have seen what happens when only the party faithful are allowed to select the candidates (ie., Alaska and Delaware Senate primaries).

  5. Lenny on September 30th, 2010 3:07 pm

    This poll is a joke. The fact that you take it seriously says the same about you.
    “total sample size of three hundred registered voters”
    “the margin of error is +/- 5.7%. For subgroups, the margin of error is higher.”

  6. majii on September 30th, 2010 3:47 pm

    I doubt if the writer conducted the poll, SAL. Just kill the messenger if you don’t like the message. A really winning strategy for denying the results of a poll you don’t like or agree with. I also doubt if the Chattahbox staff cares whether you visit the site or not. It’s very immature to attack a writer/blog only because one doesn’t like hearing the truth and claim bias when a writer is only reporting the news.

  7. emo on October 16th, 2010 9:46 pm

    No other poll shows this result. I have never heard of this polling outfit

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