With Senator Lisa Murkowski the apparent winner in the U.S. Senate race Kodiak Republicans are reacting to the news. Bob Brodie resigned Kodiak’s GOP chairmanship to support Murkowski’s write-in bid following her primary defeat by Tea Party favorite Joe Miller. He said he hoped party unity wouldn’t suffer from the bruising campaign between the two Republicans.
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Fellow Murkowski supporter Linda Kozak helped spearhead the local volunteer effort in which supporters of the incumbent senator set up a storefront to distribute campaign materials. Reached in Washington DC last night she said much of Alaska’s congressional staff seemed elated by the apparent result.
— (senate 2 :25 "I had an opportunity … she won the race.")
In Kodiak, local returns gave Murkowski 39 percent of the vote. Miller received 35 percent; Democrat Scott McAdams received 23 percent. That tally is still unofficial. Brodie commended Murkowski volunteers for getting out the vote.
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Efforts to reach local Tea Party supporters yesterday were unsuccessful. Miller has so far not conceded the race. He released a statement yesterday afternoon saying he’s asking every ballots cast in his favor to be hand-counted just as the write-in ballots have been. His campaign has also alleged voting irregularities including unsecured ballot boxes.