Though the final tally may not be known for days, thanks to thousands of absentee ballots waiting to be counted, Miller is confident that he can pull off the upset. “The response to our campaign really exploded this past week,” Miller said in an interview with National Review Online. “We benefited from an incredible wave of support. Alaskans tend to put stuff off until the last minute. In the past few days, they got educated.”
Miller, a self-described “constitutional conservative,” was boosted by a last-minute money blitz from the Tea Party Express, which reportedly spent over $550,000 on the race. Abortion may have also played a role in generating turnout. On Tuesday’s ballot there was a measure requiring parental notification for women 17 and younger seeking an abortion. The proposal, Ballot Measure 2, passed with 55 percent of the vote. Miller was endorsed by Alaska Right to Life.
Miller also received high-profile endorsements from Mike Huckabee and, most notably, Sarah Palin, who recorded a robo-call for Miller in the campaign’s final days. Palin’s support, he says, was “pivotal.” …
Miller, along with Senate hopefuls Rand Paul in Kentucky and Sharron Angle in Nevada, hopes to be part of a new conservative nucleus in the upper chamber.
Which state will be next?