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Murkowski To Concede Defeat

Sen. Lisa Murkowski conceded to Joe Miller Tuesday, putting an end to one of the most remarkable political upsets of the cycle thus far.

GOP sources confirmed to The Hotline that Murkowski would concede defeat to Miller on Tuesday night after failing to narrow the gap as key absentee ballots were counted.

Posted: Tuesday, August 31, 2010 - 10:26pm

Murkowski Gains, But Still Faces Uphill Battle

Sen. Lisa Murkowski's (R-AK) path to a come-from-behind victory over Joe Miller is narrowing, as Alaska election officials continue to count absentee ballots in the Republican primary.

Miller leads the latest count by 1,292 votes -- 50,241 (50.65%) to Murkowski's 48,949 (49.35%). Murkowski gained a net of 376 votes in this afternoon's count, as ballots from her base in Anchorage were tallied.

Posted: Tuesday, August 31, 2010 - 7:28pm

Chamber Attacking Hodes

The Chamber of Commerce has gone up with an ad backed by a large ad buy hitting Rep. Paul Hodes (D) in the New Hampshire Senate race.

The ad is an indication that the Chamber, which has pledged to spend $75M in this year's elections, is going to heavily invest in New Hampshire.

Posted: Tuesday, August 31, 2010 - 6:00pm

ITIC: 'Significant Progress' on Net Neutrality Talks

Information Technology Industry Council President and CEO Dean Garfield put out a progress report Tuesday on his group's efforts to find some middle ground among the stakeholders battling over the issue of network neutrality, saying there has been "significant progress" while declining to provide any details.

Posted: Tuesday, August 31, 2010 - 5:27pm

VA Dem Defying CW

Updated, 6:30 p.m.

Rep. Rick Boucher (D) is in a surprisingly good position in his race against Republican challenger Del. Morgan Griffith, according to his internal polling.

The poll, provided to Hotline On Call, found that when likely voters in VA-09 were asked who they plan to vote for, Boucher leads by a striking 55% to 32% margin. The poll was conducted Aug. 18-22.

Now, this polling should be viewed with a grain of salt since it was done by a Dem firm -- Benenson Strategy Group.

Posted: Tuesday, August 31, 2010 - 4:56pm

Hotline TV: Obama 2012 Outlook

In the latest installment of Hotline TV, Reid Wilson and Josh Kraushaar debate whether the slowing economy should make Pres. Obama worried about 2012.

Posted: Tuesday, August 31, 2010 - 3:12pm

FCC Releases Details From Comcast, NBCU Meeting

The FCC Monday released some details - though not much - of a private meeting held on Friday to discuss economic issues related to Comcast's merger with NBC Universal. Among the few details included in the disclosure document filed with FCC Secretary Marlene H. Dortch was who attended the meeting. The meeting was divided up into two panels with the first focused on multichannel video programming distributors. The first panel included economists representing Comcast and NBCU: Michael L.

Posted: Tuesday, August 31, 2010 - 2:36pm

Lisa Murkowski Faces Her Fate

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) faces a make-or-break test of her absentee ballot program today as AK officials begin tallying a round of absentee votes that appear likely to put her farther behind her conservative rival.

Posted: Tuesday, August 31, 2010 - 2:13pm

Tea Party Express Unaware Of O'Donnell's Finances

The Tea Party Express, the fiscally conservative organization that has helped nominate several GOP underdogs this year, endorsed Delaware Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell (R) without knowing too much about her personal financial history.

Posted: Tuesday, August 31, 2010 - 12:48pm

Crossroads GPS Targets Obama in KY

The conservative Crossroads GPS is up with a new issue ad on Tuesday that seeks to hang Pres. Obama and health care reform around the neck of KY SEN candidate Jack Conway (D).

The ad represents the first time American Crossroads has directly tied Obama to a Dem candidate in an ad -- and it's one of the few anywhere that prominently highlights health care. The ad shows Conway and Obama riding in a car together.

"Obamacare is the wrong way for Kentucky," the ad's narrator says. "And Jack Conway is going the wrong way too."

Posted: Tuesday, August 31, 2010 - 12:25pm