Does Palin get the last laugh? 

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R, trails by about 2,000 votes after last night’s Alaskan primary elections.

We may not know who won in Alaska for a week or two — there are about 8,000 absentee ballots still uncounted, and a few more are expected to trickle in. But if the result holds, it marks the end of two Alaskan dynasties — the Murkowskis and the Stevenses.

Both Stevenses were vanquished in whole or in part by unwanted attention from the FBI (Ben Stevens quit the state Senate after a raid on his office, and his late father lost the 2008 election after being convicted.) Both Murkowskis lost fights against Sarah Palin — she trounced former Gov. Frank Murkowski, R, in the 2006 primary, and Joe Miller, if he wins, will have done so with Palin’s endorsement.

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David Freddoso

David Freddoso came to the Washington Examiner in June 2009, after serving for nearly two years as a Capitol Hill-based staff reporter for National Review Online. Before writing his New York Times bestselling book, The Case Against Barack Obama, he spent three years assisting Robert Novak, the legendary Washington... more
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