Opposition grows to Sen. Murkowski write-in bid

The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) wants Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) to accept her primary defeat.

Since losing to the Tea Party-backed Joe Miller, Murkowski has hinted she may launch a write-in bid. She’s set to announce her decision on Friday.

"If Sen. Murkowski is truly committed to doing ‘what is right’ for her state, then we hope that she will step forward and fully endorse Joe Miller’s candidacy," NRSC spokesman Brian Walsh said in a statement released Thursday night. "No matter what Sen. Murkowski decides for her own political interests in the future, Republicans are united behind Joe Miller’s nomination, and we are confident that he will be elected Alaska’s next U.S. senator in November."

Other than the NRSC, several Republican senators told The Hill's J. Taylor Rushing this week that they’re backing Miller, an attorney who shocked the political establishment with his Aug. 24 victory over Murkowski, 51 percent to 49.

Murkowski told the Anchorage Daily News Thursday that she was still weighing her options.

"Believe you me, the easier path would be to pack it all up and go do something different," she said. "If I had not heard this call from Alaskans, I would not be deliberating as I am."