Alaska GOP officers leave committee to back Joe Miller

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The state Republican party's central committee has lost several of its members because of their support for Joe Miller, who is running as a Libertarian in his effort to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

    The Alaska Public Radio Network reports the committee voted to remove one of its members over the weekend and several other party officers resigned so they can publicly support Miller. The committee doesn't allow party officers to campaign for candidates from different parties.

    Party Chairman Tuckerman Babcock says he advised members of the rule after Miller joined the U.S. Senate race last week.

    Four members of 80-person committee then resigned as well as one member of the rules committee. Dave Bronson of Anchorage put it to a vote, and the committee decided to remove him.

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