(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. Lisa Murkowski released an ad touting an endorsement from Ted Stevens, two months after the longest-serving GOP senator died in a plane crash in Alaska.
The ad could provide a critical boost to Murkowski as she struggles for her political life. The incumbent senator is running as a write-in candidate against Republican candidate and Tea Party favorite Joe Miller, who has Sarah Palin's backing. Stevens enjoyed widespread support in Alaska, even after he lost his re-election bid in 2009 amid charges of corruption and ethics violations.
"I trust Lisa and her commitment to keep fighting for us,” Stevens says in the ad. “She's working for Alaska every single day. We need Lisa and the seniority she’s earned now more than ever."
The endorsement was taped July 30, days before Stevens died in a plane crash.
The latest polls show Murkowski virtually tied with Miller, with Democratic contender Scott McAdams trailing closely behind.
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