Race of the day: Can a write-in candidate win a Senate seat?
In Alaska, incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski is trying to beat both long historical odds and Tea Party favorite Joe Miller
|Name & Party:||
|Campaign Chest:||$1.9 million
|Key Quote:||"Maybe I'm in a little bit of the underdog role, which is not bad"||"Anybody that sees this nation as being on stable economic or fiscal ground is fooling themselves"|
|Petty Controversy:||Was appointed to Senate by father, who was governor at the time; the perceived nepotism caused an uproar and sparked a change in election laws
||Drew negative publicity when his security team handcuffed a liberal reporter and accused him of "trespassing" at a public event
|Wild card:||Murkowski is running as a write-in candidate after an upset loss to Miller in the GOP primary; the Democrat in the race, Scott McAdams, could easily tip the election — he is currently polling at 25 percent
|Dueling Ads:||"Spelling Clinic": The Murkowski campaign challenges the notion that Alaskans aren't "smart enough" to vote for a write-in candidate
||"Hello Voters": In an Old Spice ad spoof, Miller reminds voters that he beat Murkowski in the GOP primary
Murkowski's "Spelling Clinic":
Miller's "Hello Voters":
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