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Palin Pick For Alaska Senate Could Oust Murkowski

Just when journalists were busy writing the obituaries for Sarah Palin’s ability to play kingmaker, an obscure Palin-backed GOP challenger named Joe Miller

Karan Emery
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Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | Aug 25, 2010

Just when journalists were busy writing the obituaries for Sarah Palin’s ability to play kingmaker, an obscure Palin-backed GOP challenger named Joe Miller looks on track to usurp Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) in Alaska. Unofficial returns as of this morning showed Miller up by a little less than 3,000 votes, meaning that the still-uncounted rural areas and absentee ballots will likely prove decisive — but they might not all be counted until September 8.

Miller was happy to give credit where credit was due: “I’m absolutely certain that was pivotal,” he said of Palin’s endorsement to the Anchorage Daily News. Murkowski, for her part, took a jab at the former half-term Alaska governor, arguing, ”I think she’s out for her own self-interest. I don’t think she’s out for Alaska’s interest.”

If Miller holds on to win, it will be the third time an incumbent senator has been unseated in a primary contest this season — the first two being Sen. Bob Bennett (R-Utah) and Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.). His victory will also represent a strong caveat to pollsters and pundits — low turnout primaries are notoriously difficult to predict, so perhaps a little more humility will be in order in the future.

Karan Emery | I'm a research scientist interested in learning more about how neural activity influences and shapes human behavior. Project design and management, data analysis and interpretation, and the creation and implementation of testing tools are among my specialties. I enjoy coming up with new ideas and coming up with practical solutions to issues that are widely applicable. My colleagues would describe me as a driven, resourceful individual who maintains a positive, proactive attitude when faced with adversity. Currently, I’m seeking opportunities that will allow me to develop and promote technologies that benefit human health. Specific fields of interest include data analytics, biotechnology, and pharmaceuticals.

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