In a race that was too close to call up until the final hours, Senator Lisa Murkowski ended her bid for re-election Aug. 31, conceding the Republican nomination to Tea Party-backed candidate Joe Miller.
Alaskan election officials were still counting absentee ballots, early votes as well as disputed ballots, but Murkowski said she saw no scenarios that would allow her to overcome the lead that Miller had built, according to CNN.
Miller said in a statement that it would have been difficult for him to secure the Republican nomination without endorsements from other, more prominent figures in the world of conservative politics, including Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee and the Tea Party Express, the news source reports.
Many are calling Miller’s victory a major upset win for the Tea Party movement because he is a virtual unknown on the national political scene. Sarah Palin told ABC News that she expects him to work towards restoring constitutional values.
"I think a lot of common sense, constitutional conservatives — that’s what Americans are ready for, that kind of change where we get back to protecting our constitution and limiting government," she said.