Murkowski, Walker Remain Undecided on Write-In Campaign

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau and Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC

Congress is returning to Washington, but Senator Lisa Murkowski is not among those hustling back to the nation’s capital.  She’s still in Alaska, and her staff will not speculate on when she will return to DC.  Her Anchorage campaign staff says her schedule is open at this point while she meets with members of the public and with personal friends – and her family – to make a decision on her political future.

Murkowski is deciding whether to launch a write-in re-election campaign after losing the Republican primary last month to challenger Joe Miller of Fairbanks.

Her campaign staff says she is still weighing the decision, but there is no firm deadline for announcing it.

Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Bill Walker is also weighing his options to be part of the November General election.   Walker got 33 percent of the Republican vote for his campaign which focused on promoting the All-Alaska gas pipeline from the North Slope to Valdez.  His staff says the issue was not adequately covered by other candidates and Walker believes it needs a higher profile this fall.

Like Senator Murkowski, Walker is also considering a write-in campaign.   His staff says he will decide by the end of the day on Wednesday.

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