Lisa Murkowski, defying Sarah Palin, announces write-in bid for Alaska Senate against Joe Miller

by Joe Tacopino

Three’s a party in Alaska.

Weeks after losing the Republican primary to Joe Miller in one of the Tea Party coups of the 2010 election, Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski has announced that she will run in the general election as a write-in candidate, setting off a competitive three-way race for the seat.

Murkowski made the announcement to supporters at an Anchorage convention center on Friday.

“The gloves are off,” Murkowski said at the event, adding that Alaskans deserve a choice between the “extremist views” of Joe Miller and “inexperience” of Democratic candidate Scott McAdams.

Miller, a slightly bearded political neophyte, is strongly backed by both the Tea Party and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.

After Murkowski’s announcement of her write-in candidacy, Palin made an attempt to foster GOP unity via Twitter.

“Primary voters spoke,” the Fox News analyst wrote. “Listen to the people, respect their will… voters chose Joe instead.”

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