By Amy Gardner
For those fascinated (as we are) by the mechanics of Alaska Republican Lisa Murkowski's write-in campaign to keep her U.S. Senate seat, this just in: Murkowski will file the necessary paperwork on Wednesday making the historic bid official. And she will use her full name -- "Lisa Murkowski."
If that seems trivial, remember that the trivial could decide an election in which the intent of voters could be determined by lawyers in the days and weeks after Nov. 2. Murkowski, who lost the Republican primary in August to tea party-backed lawyer Joe Miller, is trying to hang on to her job by mounting a sophisticated, well-funded write-in campaign. The crux of the campaign is getting voters to write in her name on the blank line on the ballot.
State law gives very little guidance except to say that the voter must indicate "intent" when writing in a candidate's name. State elections chief Gail Fenumiai explained further that voters must either fill in the candidate's full last name or write in the name as listed by the candidate in her official paperwork. That part got campaign strategists thinking that Murkowski should hedge her bets by filing a candidate declaration form with something cute, like "Lisa M.," so that either Lisa M. or Murkowski would count when the ballots are added up.
But Murkowski's instinct was to play it straight and keep the message of the campaign simple, she said in an interview last week as she was contemplating how to file her declaration. That seemed especially smart with a rumor circulating Anchorage that another "Lisa M." was planning to file a declaration as well -- a development that could make the difference between winning and losing if the election is close.
So it's Lisa Murkowski on the declaration that will be filed Wednesday. That's M-U-R-K-O-W-S-K-I.
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