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It wasn't even close.

Alaska Republican Gov. Frank H. Murkowski was decisively beaten in Tuesday's primary election, placing third to winner Sarah Palin, a former Wasilla mayor, and former state Sen. John Binkley in a contest that ingloriously ended the political career of one of Alaska's more durable officeholders.

With 56 percent of the vote counted, Murkowski had just 19 percent of the vote to Palin's 51 percent and Binkley's 30 percent. Longshot candidates Gerald L. Heikes and Merica Hlatcu split the remainder of the GOP vote.

Palin will face former Gov. Tony Knowles (1994-2002), who had 73 percent of the Democratic vote against state Rep. Eric Croft (26 percent) and Bruce J. Lemke (1 percent).

It's amazing seeing all the news stories this morning of the crazy, angry jihadists who have purged their Republican Party of Murkowski.

Oh wait, no one is writing that...

I forgot that booting an incumbent is fine if you are a Republican.

Update: Hilarious comment by AustinCynic:

Lieberman should go national

He should change "Connecticut for Lieberman" to "Incumbents for Entitlement" and get people like Murkowski to join.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Wed Aug 23, 2006 at 08:29 AM PDT.

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