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Joe Miller Remains
Real Clear Politics ^ | July 3, 2014 | Scott Conroy

Posted on 07/03/2014 8:43:02 AM PDT by right-wing agnostic

In 2010, Fairbanks attorney and Tea Party firebrand Joe Miller pulled off one of the biggest upsets in recent political history by defeating Alaska’s incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski in the Republican primary.

Perhaps just as surprisingly, Murkowski was able to hold onto her seat less than three months later when she won a general election write-in campaign, taking advantage of Miller’s growing reputation as a loose cannon to defeat him and a Democratic challenger.

Four years later, Miller is again a candidate in the GOP Senate primary (set for Aug. 19), this time vying for the right to take on Democratic incumbent Mark Begich in a key general election matchup that will help determine control of the Senate.

(Excerpt) Read more at realclearpolitics.com ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: alaska; joemiller; ussenate
I must admit that I haven't been following the Alaskan U.S. Senate race as closely as I did in 2010. But, Joe Miller is STILL the real deal! I hope he can wage a good campaign and capture the Republican nomination./rwa
1 posted on 07/03/2014 8:43:02 AM PDT by right-wing agnostic
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To: right-wing agnostic

Unless Miller has learned a lot since blowing a perfectly winnable race in 2010, I’m really hoping Alaskans choose somebody else.


2 posted on 07/03/2014 9:08:37 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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I’m really hoping Alaskans choose somebody else.

Sarah: please pick up the red courtesy phone ...

3 posted on 07/03/2014 9:10:41 AM PDT by bassmaner (Hey commies: I am a white male, and I am guilty of NOTHING! Sell your 'white guilt' elsewhere.)
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To: right-wing agnostic

My question is... if he loses, will HE do a “Murkowski” and enter the general as a write-in?


4 posted on 07/03/2014 9:19:31 AM PDT by ScottinVA (If it doesn't include border security, it isn't "reform." It's called "amnesty.")
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To: bassmaner

Yep. She needs to get off her can and endorse him.


5 posted on 07/03/2014 9:21:01 AM PDT by vpintheak (I will not comply!)
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To: Vigilanteman

I think the GOPe had a big hand in his Millers defeat. That along with a couple of other races.


6 posted on 07/03/2014 9:23:50 AM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: Parley Baer
It is a given that the GOPe will do anything they can to sabotage any conservative. Miller gave them an awful lot of help. Ted Cruz did not.

I don't think Texans are any more conservative than Alaskans, probably less so.

7 posted on 07/03/2014 9:26:30 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Parley Baer

I think you are correct.


8 posted on 07/03/2014 9:26:52 AM PDT by Hostage (ARTICLE V)
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To: vpintheak
She needs to get off her can and endorse him.

I have to say that she's got a damn fine can...

9 posted on 07/03/2014 10:01:15 AM PDT by BlueMondaySkipper (Involuntarily subsidizing the parasite class since 1981)
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To: vpintheak
Yep. She needs to get off her can and endorse him.

She did last time and is refusing to this time. From the story:

“She has bigger fish to fry,” one source close to Palin said when asked if the former vice presidential candidate intended to get involved in the Alaska primary this year.

10 posted on 07/03/2014 10:08:22 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: right-wing agnostic

I just love it when people post the good news and ignore the bad.

“According to the latest RealClearPolitics average of polls, Miller (at 14.5 percent) now trails both former Alaska Attorney General Dan Sullivan (36 percent) and Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell (24.5 percent) by more manageable margins — on paper, at least.

Though Sullivan has a massive financial advantage over his two opponents, most Alaska political watchers agree that the primary race remains fluid.”

I don’t know where the writer gets his idea that 14% vs 36% is a winnable proposition with another candidate in between. What was not stated is that Alaska is probably one of the hardest places to do polling. And primary polling is even more difficult to do. 110,688 people voted in the Republican primary in 2010 out of a total of 129,158 enrolled Republicans. That is a very high percentage of the enrolled base although “The Alaska Republican Party allows only registered Republicans, nonpartisan or undeclared voters.” As per Ballotpedia so likely had a lot of cross over voting.

2014 is not 2010. The three candidates offer different dynamics than the candidates in 2010. That may well produce different results in 2014.


11 posted on 07/03/2014 10:33:49 AM PDT by Steven Scharf
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To: Vigilanteman

He didn’t “blow” the race. Murkowski cheated by violating state law in running as a write-in.


12 posted on 07/03/2014 10:42:33 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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RINOs cheat because that’s what RINOs do. Miller didn’t even keep it close. Final results: Murkowski 42%, Miller 34%, the RAT 24%.


13 posted on 07/03/2014 11:11:37 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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They’ll only employ such tactics against Conservatives, never against Democrats. AK Democrats effectively abandoned their nominee and supported Murkowski, along with the Murkowski Machine in the GOP. All of those votes should’ve been thrown out and Miller seated.


14 posted on 07/03/2014 11:34:04 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

I don’t recall the particulars about it, but Joe Miller stabbed Sarah in the back during his run the last time. I do remember being angry about it.


15 posted on 07/03/2014 1:16:46 PM PDT by WVNan
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To: WVNan

I don’t recall that, either, though if you can find out more about it (and some links), I’d appreciate you posting it.

Either way, Miller is a distant third place in the current primary race.


16 posted on 07/03/2014 1:30:57 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Seems to me I remember that he refused to endorse her at one time.


17 posted on 07/03/2014 5:49:32 PM PDT by WVNan
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To: WVNan

Since she hasn’t run for anything since VP in 2008, this would’ve been before his Senate run in 2010. Is that what you’re referring to ?


18 posted on 07/03/2014 5:54:58 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

You know, I can’t remember the time frame. something was going on with her that he did not support. I will see if I can find it.


19 posted on 07/03/2014 7:03:23 PM PDT by WVNan
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Here it is.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2010/10/07/sarah-palin-joe-miller-email-feud.html


20 posted on 07/03/2014 7:09:15 PM PDT by WVNan
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I would take that article with a grain of salt, or perhaps even less so, as The Daily Beast is a hard-left PDS site. It was designed to drive a wedge between Miller and Palin right before the 2010 general election and was more of an attack on Palin.


21 posted on 07/03/2014 7:58:08 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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