Murkowski Will Run as Write-In Alaska Republican fell to Tea Partier in primary By M. Morris, Newser Staff Posted Sep 17, 2010 5:20 PM CDT 20 comments Comments Sen. Lisa Murkowski joins volunteers waving to motorists on Monday, Aug. 23, 2010, in Anchorage. The Alaska Republican is planning a write-in campaign for re-election after losing the primary. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen) (Newser) – Lisa Murkowski, upset in the Alaska Republican primary by a Tea Party rival, will run for re-election to the US Senate as a write-in candidate, sources tell CNN. Speculation has swirled since Joe Miller toppled Murkowski last month, but her staff has been coy about her plans. Until today, that is, when an adviser sent out an email urging supporters to "Join us at the Kick-off of Senator Lisa's campaign," the Anchorage Daily News reports. For more on longtime Sarah Palin rival Murkowski, click here.