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Is Joe Miller surging? Or sinking?

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Depending on who you talk to, Joe Miller’s bid in the tri-furcated Alaska Senate race is in trouble or peaking at the right time.

The New York Times just posted Democratsthe following story: “Democrats See Opening in Alaska’s Scrambled Race.”

The article comes one day after Public Policy Polling released a new poll that shows the Republican/tea party candidate with a solid 7 point lead over Democrat Scott McAdams and write-in candidate Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who lost to Miller in the GOP primary.

The Times article recounts the campaign missteps and gaffes that have supposedly derailed the front-running Miller.

But the PPP poll seems to indicate that Miller, at 37%, isn’t as vulnerable as some pundits and Democratic party leaders seem to think. The PPP poll has both Murkowski and McAdams at 30%.

The Alaska Senate race has been among the most closely-watched in the country this year, with Miller upsetting the incumbent Murkowski, the involvement of former governor Sarah Palin and the sometimes contentious relationship between Miller, his team, his supporters and the press covering the race.

That contentiousness popped up again this weekend, with Palin slamming an Alaska television news team as “corrupt bastards” after conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart posted a telephone recording of the station’s reporters and editors discussing the possiblity of a “child molester” among Miller’s supporters.

Is Miller in trouble? Or will Palin’s anger rally support among the GOP rank-and-file and the tea party faithful who carried Miller to victory in the primary?

If the PPP poll is correct, we should know Wednesday morning. If not, we could be looking at a ballot-counting drama that drags on for a few days — or longer. 

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David Eldridge

David Eldridge

David Eldridge joined The Washington Times in 1999 and over the next seven years helped lead the paper's coverage of regional politics and government, Sept. 11, and the sniper attacks of 2002. In 2006, he was named managing editor of the paper's website. He came to The Times from the Telegraph in North Platte, Neb., where he served as executive ...

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