Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) has conceded her primary bid for re-election to the U.S. Senate to 'True Reform' candidate Joe Miller. Miller completed a NumbersUSA Immigration-Reduction survey and answered 'yes' to all 12 of our questions. Sen. Murkowski has served in the Senate for 8 years, earning a career grade of a C-. She voted in favor of the 2007 mass amnesty bill on the initial cloture vote.
After last Tuesday's primary, Miller held a small 1,600 vote lead over Sen. Murkowski with more than 20,000 absentee ballots still to be counted. After counting approximately 15,000 absentee ballots, Miller maintained his 1,600 vote advantage, so Sen. Murkowski conceded the race late Monday evening.
Sen. Murkowski is the third incumbent in the Senate to lose a primary bid this year. Utah Republican Bob Bennett lost in the state's convention process and Pennsylvania Democrat Arlen Specter lost in the primary. All three Senators have career immigration-reduction grades of C- or worse, and like Sen. Murkowski, Sens. Bennett and Specter voted in favor of the 2007 mass amnesty on the first cloture vote.
Updated: Wed, Sep 1st 2010 @ 11:03am EDT