U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski is battling for her political life this morning against Republican primary challenger Joe Miller, the Tea Party-backed candidate who had a slim lead as ballots continued to be counted overnight. Miller, a Fairbanks attorney, led from when the first returns came in Tuesday night, and was on the verge of pulling off one of the biggest election upsets ever in Alaska. With 84 percent of Alaska's precincts reporting around 2 a.m., Miller had 45,188 votes to 42,633 for Murkowski.Update: US SENATOR (R) REP
Miller credited the support of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin for his lead.
"I'm absolutely certain that was pivotal," he said.
Number of Precincts 438
Precincts Reporting 429 97.9 %
Times Counted 90618/487456 18.6 %
Total Votes 89858
Miller, Joe REP 45909 51.09%
Murkowski, Lisa REP 43949 48.91%