Joe Miller, the Republican candidate poised to knock off Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa MurkowskiTrump’s Army pick faces tough confirmation fight Republican Sen. Collins considering run for Maine governor in 2018 Alaska senators push bill to allow Arctic drilling MORE (Alaska) in a primary contest, said Monday he has received assurances the GOP's Senate campaign committee is removing its operatives from the state and will remain neutral.
But he maintains there is still an effort to "skew" the results in Murkowski's favor.
The Sarah Palin-backed candidate told ABC's "Topline" webcast Monday that he spoke with NRSC Chairman John CornynJohn CornynDisconnect: Trump, GOP not on same page Juan Williams: Trump's 100 days wound GOP Trump wall faces skepticism on border MORE (Texas) over the weekend, and that he "gave me his word that he is pulling his team out."
NRSC spokesman Brian Walsh affirmed that the committee would support whoever the nominee is after the winner is decided, even though its lawyer was assisting Murkowski.
"The only people who will ultimately decide this election are the voters of Alaska," said Walsh in an e-mail. "We stand ready to fully support, and help elect in November, whichever candidate is chosen as the Republican nominee. This is a Republican Senate seat and it will stay in Republican hands."
Despite Cornyn's assurance, though, Miller is still not convinced attempts to "skew" the election have ended. He said there "certainly is an effort to skew the results" in favor of Murkowski. Miller, an attorney and Iraq war veteran, said national operatives are still in the state, but he is not sure who employs them.
The candidate said he has "confidence" in the state elections board and that "we are watching the process closely; when we see inappropriate actions taken, we file a complaint."
Murskowski called Miller's comments "blatantly false accusations" and added that "for someone who wants to be Alaska's Republican nominee for Senate, Mr. Miller is certainly afraid of Republicans."
-- This post was updated at 2:04 p.m.