Murkowski facing little opposition in Alaska GOP primary

    U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski is expected to sail through Tuesday's Republican primary, while Democrats will choose between two candidates to face her in November.

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski is expected to sail through Tuesday's Republican primary, while Democrats will choose between two candidates to face her in November.

    A number of independents vying to make the general election ballot are expected to be waiting in the wings, the most prominent among them being Margaret Stock. Independents don't have to go through primaries.

    After a stunning loss to tea party upstart Joe Miller in the 2010 primary, Murkowski mounted a successful general election write-in campaign to keep her job.

    This time, she's taking nothing for granted, traveling the state, running ads and raising money.

    The Democrats seeking to challenge Murkowski are University of Alaska Anchorage professor and small-newspaper owner Edgar Blatchford and former state legislator Ray Metcalfe. Libertarian Cean Stevens is also running.

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