Miller: I Hope Murkowski Doesn't 'Pull an Al Franken'

They're still counting votes in Alaska
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 27, 2010 4:26 PM CDT
U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski gives a brief press conference in Anchorage earlier this week.   (AP Photo/Rob Stapleton)
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(Newser) – Still no winner in the Alaska Senate race, but Joe Miller retains his slim lead and incumbent Lisa Murkowski continues to deflect (but not deny) speculation that she's considering a third-party run. Also, still no love lost between candidates, notes the Hill: Upon hearing that the GOP Senate campaign committee is sending a lawyer to help Murkowski, Miller declared, "It concerns us any time somebody lawyers up and tries to pull an Al Franken, if you will. We are very concerned that there may be some attempt here to skew the results."

With about 20,000 absentee or questioned ballots still to be counted, Miller leads by 1,668 votes, reports the Anchorage Daily News. He's confident of victory, as rumors fly in the state that Murkowski could run against him in the fall on the Libertarian ticket. The party's current candidate says he'd be willing to step aside for her.
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