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Alaska Senator Says Palin Lacks 'Leadership Qualities' to Be President

Photo Courtesy - Murkowski [dot] Senate [dot] Gov(NEW YORK) -- On the heels of Sarah Palin’s attempt to oust her from the Senate, Alaska Republican Lisa Murkowski had some harsh words for her former governor Monday night.

In an interview with CBS’ Katie Couric, Murkowski, who is on the verge of a historic upset in the Alaska Senate race, said Palin lacked the “intellectual curiosity” necessary to govern.

“I just do not think that she has those leadership qualities, that intellectual curiosity that allows for building good and great policies,” Murkowski said in the CBS interview.  “You know, she was my governor for two years, for just about two years there, and I don’t think that she enjoyed governing.  I don’t think she liked to get down into the policy.”

Murkowski reiterated that she would not support Palin if she decided to run for president in 2012.  “She has an ability to connect with people that is really quite remarkable, but she would not be my choice for president,” she told Couric.

“I want somebody that goes to bed at night and wakes up in the morning thinking about how we are going to deal with our national security issues, how we’re going to deal with our economy, how we’re going to deal with providing better education or peace in the Middle East and that’s what I’m looking for,” Murkowski added.

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Alaska Senate Race Remains in Limbo

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(JUNEAU, Alaska) -- The Alaska Elections Division is now in its sixth day of counting write-in ballots, but there’s little clarity as to which candidate will emerge victorious in the high-profile race for the U.S. Senate seat.

As of Sunday night, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, had 89.3 percent of the votes, with eight percent of votes that were challenged and counted.

The results could come down to just a handful of votes, which means Republican candidate Joe Miller is fighting every vote that could be deemed questionable. The Tea Party-favored candidate currently has 87,517 votes while Murkowski has 78,697.

Miller, who has Sarah Palin’s support, has continued to assail the elections division for counting misspelled ballots that show voter intent, even though a judge last week struck down his attempts to stop the ballot counting.

"We need one standard for everyone,” Miller said in a statement. “It makes no sense to create all these new exceptions just for Lisa Murkowski. I have said from the beginning, I want a fair election and I want the law followed. I don't think that is too much to ask."

This week, the elections division will also start counting absentee ballots, estimated to be between 8,600 to 8,800.

Murkowski on Monday returned to Washington, D.C. even as the battle for her Senate seat raged on thousands of miles away.

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Senator Murkowkski Gets Boost From Alaska Court Decision

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) -- In a significant victory for Sen. Lisa Murkowski, the Alaska Supreme Court decided Wednesday that voters can look at list of certified write-in candidates when they go to the polls.

Murkowski had campaigned hard to keep the lists in voting sites. After all, the incumbent senator’s name isn’t the easiest to spell, and the Division of Elections is divided on whether a misspelled name will actually count.

The state’s Democratic and Republican parties joined efforts to oppose the move. The Alaska Republican party had called it “inappropriate” and charged that it was “inherently unfair” to change the rules.

The ruling allows voters who need help remembering names of write-in candidates view a list before they vote. The list, however, does not include the candidate’s party affiliation. 

The issue erupted during early voting and gained even more momentum after a list of write-in candidates was posted at a voting location in Homer.

Murkowski and Republican candidate Joe Miller are in a tight race, and both campaigns are pulling out all stops just days before the election to boost their chances.

Thursday, Sarah Palin and her family will campaign for Miller in Anchorage, which will also feature – via video -- former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., and Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C.

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