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AP Source: Murkowski expects to mount write-in bid

A person close to Republican U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski's campaign says she is expected to announce that she'll mount a write-in candidacy in a bid to hold onto her job.
/ Source: The Associated Press

A person close to Republican U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski's campaign says she is expected to announce that she'll mount a write-in candidacy in a bid to hold onto her job.

Her announcement is expected to come at a rally Friday afternoon in Anchorage, according to the source, who asked not to be named because of the planned formal announcement.

The decision to launch a write-in bid follows Murkowski's surprise defeat last month by tea party-supported Joe Miller in last month's GOP primary.

Since then, Murkowski says she has received an outpouring of support from Alaskans urging her to stay in the race.