Murkowski indicates run for re-election

Posted: Friday, February 20, 2009

JUNEAU - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski implied but hasn't outright said she's running for re-election next year.

"I'm raising money and I would certainly hope to have the support of Alaskans for a second term but we haven't made a formal announcement yet," she told The Associated Press on Thursday following a private meeting with Gov. Sarah Palin.

Murkowski, a Republican, said she didn't know when an announcement would be made.

She also shrugged off a question whether she expected a challenge from Palin in the Republican primary, saying she does "not know what the governor intends."

Palin's first term as governor ends next year and she has not said if she will seek a second term. The former vice presidential candidate earlier signaled an interest in a presidential run in 2012 leading to speculation that she may seek to unseat Murkowski first to increase her name recognition in the Lower 48.

Murkowski was the first senator ever appointed by her father.

Former Sen. Frank Murkowski in 2002 named his daughter to serve the two remaining years in his term after he was sworn in as Alaska's new governor. Lisa Murkowski was elected to a full term in 2004.

Palin beat Gov. Frank Murkowski in the 2006 GOP gubernatorial primary.

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