Murkowski to air ads featuring Sen. Stevens

Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa MurkowskiMcAuliffe: I wouldn't want a 'caretaker' in Kaine's Senate seat Big Oil makes a push for risky and reckless Arctic drilling GOP divided over 0M for climate fund MORE (R-Alaska) will air campaign ads the late Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) filmed with her shortly before his death in August. 

Murkowski told The Associated Press Thursday that she has already spoken to Stevens's family about using the ads. She is running a write-in campaign against Republican Joe Miller and Democrat Scott McAdams. 

Stevens taped the spots for Murkowski's Republican primary race just weeks before he was killed in a plane crash earlier this year. After his death, Murkowski decided not to air the ads during the primary, which she ended up losing by a razor-thin margin to Miller.  

Murkowski, who has called Stevens a close friend and mentor, has repeatedly invoked the late senator on the campaign trail since launching her write-in bid. She worked as an intern for Stevens in college and the two later served together in the Senate. The late senator remains overwhelmingly popular in Alaska. 

Last month, Murkowski's campaign said it was possible she would employ the ads during the general election. But there's no word yet on when the campaign will begin airing the spots.  

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