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The Biggest Upset of the 2010 Primary Cycle: Joe Miller?


If this holds up, it may be the shocker of the primary season: Joe Miller is beating current incumbent Lisa Murkowski in Alaska’s GOP Senate primary.

Joe Miller held a nearly 2,350-vote lead with 51 percent of precincts reporting as he looked to pull off one of the biggest political upsets of the year. Miller had 51.8 percent of the vote, compared with 48.1 percent for Murkowski.

As I mentioned on Bennett this morning, if this holds up, it is probably the biggest political upset of the cycle. 

I’ve talked about how some of Sarah Palin’s endorsements have been longshots, and so we shouldn’t be surprised when a number of them fall short. Well, even if Miller ends up falling short by a small margin, she’s proven that her endorsement still carries enormous weight in her home state’s politics.

UPDATE: Robert Costa talked to Miller last night; his 2 a.m. (Eastern time) update can be seen here.

Tags: Joe Miller , Lisa Murkowski , Sarah Palin


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