Senate races

Murkowski receives warm welcome from fellow senators as lame-duck begins

Sen. Lisa Murkowski received a warm welcome from fellow Senators on the
Senate floor Monday and congratulations from National Republican Senate Campaign Chairman John Cornyn.

{mosads}Ballots are still being counted in Murkowski’s write-in battle against Republican nominee Joe Miller, but the senator’s camp appears confident she will come out on top.

Elections officials continued the write-in ballot count Monday and
Murkowski is still winning close to 90 percent of those votes
unchallenged. That puts her on a path to eclipse Miller’s total by a
few thousand votes once the counting concludes. Miller was backed by the Tea Party and defeated Murkowski in the August GOP primary. She ran as a write-in candidate in the general election.

The senator received congratulations from several members, both
Republican and Democrat, Monday on hand for the swearing in of Sens.
Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.).

Asked about her exchange with Cornyn, Murkowski said, “He said
‘congratulations’ as everybody else has, and what I tell everybody is,
‘Well, it’s not over yet,'” Murkowski said. “We still have more votes
to count. I haven’t had a sip of champagne yet.”

Appearing upbeat and confident, Murkowski said she hopes to have some final news on the ballot count by Wednesday.

Cornyn and the NRSC backed Miller in the general election and have
aided his ballot count efforts, but some Miller supporters, including
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) have questioned whether the national party is fully
committed to Miller.

DeMint, a staunch opponent of Murkowski, was not on the floor Monday
and Murkowski said she has not seen or spoken to him since her return
to Washington.

Tags Chris Coons Joe Manchin John Cornyn Lisa Murkowski

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