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'She's our friend': GOP reverses course, doesn't demote Lisa Murkowski

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(Read caption) Sen. Lisa Murkowski gives her concession speech on Aug. 31 at her campaign headquarters in Anchorage, Alaska. After Murkowski conceded her Senate primary race to Joe Miller, she later reentered the race as a write-in candidate.

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In a surprise move, Senate Republicans did not vote to drop one of their own, Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, as top Republican on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

Senator Murkowski’s decision to mount a write-in campaign after losing her primary to "tea party" backed attorney Joe Miller angered many of her Senate colleagues. Even a failed bid risks splitting the Republican vote in Alaska, giving Democrats an unexpected pickup and curbing GOP prospects for taking back the Senate.

On Wednesday, the caucus did replace Murkowski with Sen. John Barrasso (R) of Wyoming as vice chair of the Republican Conference – the policy wing of Senate Republicans – but it declined to go further.

In the end, a Senator’s a Senator for A'That.

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