Tea-Party Favorite Looks to 'Shock the World'


Joe Miller is a man who knows how to pull off a political miracle, and he believes he is on the verge of making history repeat in Alaska.

Four years ago, the little-known attorney from Fairbanks knocked off entrenched incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, in a major upset in the GOP primary.

As WND’s Selena Owens described last week, an alarmed GOP establishment then teamed up with the Democratic establishment, and the senator retained her seat by winning in the November general election.

This time, Miller is facing what he described to WND as two establishment candidates in Tuesday’s GOP primary, but said, “This is going to be another upset. We’re going to shock the world again.”

Although the establishment has poured millions into the race, the biggest obstacle this time around, according to Miller, isn’t really money. It has been getting the word out to Alaskans about just how popular his campaign is with top conservatives.

He has been endorsed by such conservative stars as Sarah Palin, Mark Levin, Mike Huckabee, Dr. James Dobson and retired Gen. Jerry Boykin.

But, he said, that has received little attention in the mainstream press.

Despite that, he called the three-way race in Tuesday’s election a genuine toss-up, because, with more than 40 percent of voters undecided, voter turnout would be the key. Miller predicted his grassroots get-out-the-vote effort would make all the difference.

The Fairbanks attorney told WND the big change in the race lately has been the strength he has gained in Anchorage, partly because he has been gaining momentum with the undecideds, who are breaking his way.

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Miller Aims for Late Surge In Alaska Senate Primary

By Reid J. Epstein.

A day before Alaskans pick a Republican opponent for Democratic Sen. Mark Begich, Joe Miller is trying to replicate the 2010 surge that won him the surprise GOP Senate nomination.

Mr. Miller, who has drawn tea-party support, has spent the summer campaigning not just against his GOP opponents—former state attorney general Dan Sullivan and current Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell —but against Sen. Lisa Murkowski, whom he beat in the 2010 GOP Senate primary only to lose to her when she ran a write-in campaign for the general election.

Mr. Miller has gained on Mr. Sullivan and Mr. Treadwell in the campaign’s final days, people with access to private polling said, though he still trails Mr. Sullivan.

Former Gov. Sarah Palin endorsed Mr. Miller, an attorney and former U.S. magistrate judge, on Friday, and the campaign announced Sunday that Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor and 2008 Republican presidential candidate, is in Mr. Miller’s camp.

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