Outside Alaska, Palin Favors Third-Party Run
Two years ago, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was not too excited about Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, losing the GOP primary and then running in the general election. On Tuesday, she advocated for vanquished Missouri Senate candidate Sarah Steelman to do just that if Todd Akin declines to step aside.
In August 2010, Murkowski lost her GOP primary to tea party-favored candidate Joe Miller, who the Palins supported. In September, she decided to run in the general election anyway, mounting a write-in candidacy. Palin was not thrilled, tweeting that the senator should "respect" the will of the primary voters who chose Miller. "Listen to the people, respect their will," she wrote after Murkowski's decision to run as a write-in candidate. "Voters chose Joe instead."
And in an October Facebook post titled "Lisa's Gall vs. Miller's Honor," Palin wrote: "Though Joe decisively defeated the incumbent Senator in the primary, and though she conceded the race to him, she reneged on her primary vow to not contest the will of the people."