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The Latest: Murkowski reports $1.6M on hand for campaign

October 11, 2016 - 4:38 PM

JUNEAU, Alaska - The Latest on Alaska's U.S. Senate race (all times local):

3:35 p.m.

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski is entering the final weeks of her re-election bid with nearly $1.6 million available for her campaign.

According to a summary of her Federal Election Commission disclosure, Murkowski reported raising about $415,000 between July 28 and Sept. 30.

Murkowski is the first of the main Senate candidates to release details from the latest fundraising period.

Meanwhile, the Senate candidates are preparing to debate Wednesday night in Kodiak.

They'll be debating without Libertarian candidate Joe Miller. Miller spokesman Randy DeSoto says Miller will be in Sitka but plans to visit Kodiak later.

Murkowski spokesman Robert Dillon says this should put to rest the accusation that Murkowski is avoiding debates.

Miller's campaign has taken issue with some of the forums in which Murkowski has agreed to participate, seeing them as friendly to her.


12:25 p.m.

Alaska's two U.S. senators resigned leadership posts in the state Republican party in denouncing GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Robert Dillon, a spokesman for Sen. Lisa Murkowski, says Murkowski and Sen. Dan Sullivan voluntarily resigned over the weekend as honorary members of the party's state central committee.

Murkowski on Saturday called on Trump to step aside as the party's nominee after a 2005 video surfaced in which Trump made lewd comments about women. Sullivan, meanwhile, withdrew his support of Trump.

State GOP chairman Tuckerman Babcock says Murkowski and Sullivan hold the committee posts by virtue of their holding elected office and would have those positions restored after the election.

He says the party remains behind Murkowski in her re-election bid.

One of Murkowski's rivals, Republican-turned-Libertarian Joe Miller, says he found Trump's words reprehensible but takes him at his word that he is "repentant." Miller is supporting Trump.

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