Miller credits Palin, Huckabee role in primary surprise

Alaska Tea Party favorite Joe Miller on Sunday thanked Sarah Palin and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) for putting him on the verge of a major upset victory in the state's Republican Senate primary.

Miller is leading Sen. Lisa Murkowski in the Senate primary by less than 2,000 votes with absentee ballots still being counted. If his lead holds, Miller's victory would be one of the biggest upsets of this year's election cycle. Murkowski has said it is too early to call the election.


On CBS on Sunday, Miller credited Huckabee and Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate and state's popular former governor, alongside a network of volunteers.

"This is a very small state population-wise. Elections here are determined by the strength of your volunteer network," he said.

Miller campaigned hard against the size of the federal government and for more power to be given to states. He also called for major changes to Medicare and Social Security.

"We have to look at all the options, including privatization," he said, referring to Social Security.