United States Senate election in Alaska, 2010
Lisa Murkowski only narrowly defeated former Governor Tony Knowles in 2004, in an election that included charges of nepotism, as Murkowski was appointed by her father, Governor Frank Murkowski. Alaska trends Republican. Knowles, one of the state's strongest Democrats, has been defeated two statewide elections in a row.
Due to her father's record and the nepotism charge, Murkowski's greatest challenge will probably come from the reform wing of the Republican Party of Alaska. Possible Republican primary challengers include Lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell and State Representative Gabrielle Ledoux (who both ran for Alaska's At-large congressional district in the Republican primary against incumbent Republican Don Young, but lost), or current Governor Sarah Palin (who is the vice presidential nominee and John McCain's running mate in the 2008 presidential election). <ref></ref>
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