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GOP: Murkowski to Lose Committee Position

4:28 PM, Sep 21, 2010 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
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Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who has launched a write-in bid for reelection after being beaten by Tea Party favorite Joe Miller in the Alaska Republican primary, will lose her committee position tomorrow, according to Senate Republicans:

Senate Republicans just said they will move tomorrow to strip Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, from her post as ranking Republican on the Senate Energy Committee.

Republicans say Wednesday they will vote to elect an acting ranking member and then the full GOP conference will ratify the vote.

Republicans will also vote to elect a replacement for Murkowski in the leadership. She resigned Friday as vice chair of the Senate GOP conference.

Sen. John Cornyn said the move represents the "consequences" of not "accepting the judgment of primary voters."

The most recent Rasmussen poll of the Alaska Senate race showed Miller with a comfortable lead.

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