Murkowski's entry into the race has had the effect of splitting the liberal vote (exactly what Ian predicted last week) and allowing Joe Miller to open up a 17 point lead against McAdams and a 15 point lead against the other liberal in the race, Lisa Murkowski.
On September 17, Murkowski launched a write-in campaign in a desperate bid to save her Senate seat. Her first campaign ad contained a misspelling of her own last name. This afternoon, Gov. Palin Tweeted news from two sources that Sen. Murkowski might be stripped of her energy committee leadership position.
SarahPalinUSA: RT @politico: Senate Republicans plan to vote this week on whether to strip #Murkowski of her top slot on an energy committee: http://politi.co/cwI1t2
SarahPalinUSA: RT @E2Wire: Murkowski to lose top GOP spot on Senate Energy Committee http://bit.ly/aNdpfh