Alaska's Murkowski: I Still Might Run
Says she's been besieged by supporters
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 7, 2010 7:23 PM CDT
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in this June file photo.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – "I'm not a quitter," said the famous female Alaska politician. No, not that one. This one, Lisa Murkowski, the senator done in by the other non-quitter. Murkowski, who conceded the GOP primary last week, now tells the AP she's not quitting the Senate race entirely and is exploring all manners of long-shot alternatives, including running as a write-in candidate or on a third-party ticket. "I'm still in this game."

She met briefly today with Libertarian candidate David Haase, even though party leaders earlier rejected the idea of her replacing him. He'd have to drop out by Sept. 15 to make it happen, and that still looks like a long shot, as does the prospect of a write-in winning. But Murkowski said supporters have besieged her, asking, "'What just happened in this election and what are we left with?' And that's why they are coming back to me, saying, 'Is there any other opportunity that you would consider?' So that's kind of where I am today."