Upset in Alaska? Primary Results Too Close to Call

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The latest round of primaries leading up to the midterm elections went mostly as expected, although a surprise could come from Alaska where the race is currently too close to call.

Absentee ballots in Alaska will decide whether Tea Party and Sarah Palin favorite Joe Miller has pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the year over Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

Murkowski is trailing Miller by just under 2,000 votes. If she loses, she'll become the 7th incumbent to lose in a year of intense voter anger.

Click play to watch John Waage's updated report, followed by analysis on the midterm elections with David Barton, a historian and founder of the group WallBuilders.  Barton says its important that Americans work to get Christian principles back at the center of this country.

Also, CBN News spoke with Regent University School of Government dean Charles Dunn for analysis of the recent primary results and upcoming midterm elections in November.  Click here for his comments.

No one has yet conceded or claimed victory in Alaska, but on the social networking site Twitter, Palin wrote, "Keeping fingers crossed, powder dry, prayers upward."

On the same site, Joe Miller said, "What's the moose hunting like in the Beltway?"

Miller, a decorated Gulf War veteran and former judge, will be the favorite in November if he wins.

In Florida, the stage is now set for the biggest Senate showdown in the country, as Marco Rubio easily won the GOP nomination.

"If you like the direction that Washington is taking us, I am not your candidate," Rubio said on the campaign trail. "I am running for the US Senate because I think Washington is wrong."

Rubio's rise was so rapid that he forced Republican Gov. Charlie Crist to leave the GOP and run as an independent for the Senate seat.

"We want to present an alternative to the people," Crist said. "Somebody that's not really stuck with a party."

Now, a feisty Crist is refusing to rule out caucusing with Democrats if he wins -- possibly giving them a 60-seat super majority in the Senate again.

On the Democratic side, establishment favorite Kendrick Meek beat billionaire Jeff Greene.

If Greene had won, many Democrats would have felt fine jumping ship and voting for Crist. Now they could feel torn between party loyalist Meek and the much stronger Crist.

Also in Florida, businessman Rick Scott pulled a big upset, beating Attorney General Bill McCollum in the GOP race for governor.

"The message: it's time to clean house and hold government accountable," Scott said.

In Arizona, conservative J.D. Hayworth lost in his bid to unseat Senator John McCain. But he did force McCain to move to the right and embrace a much tougher stance on border and immigration issues.

"No one is satisfied with the current condition of our country," McCain said. "I know Arizonans like Americans elsewhere are rightly concerned with the direction we seemed to be heading in."

Arizonans also showed they want tougher action on the border by giving Republican incumbent Jan Brewer a victory in her primary battle.

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John Waage

John Waage

CBN News Sr. Editor

John Waage has covered politics and analyzed elections for CBN News since 1980, including primaries, conventions, and general elections. 

He also analyzes the convulsive politics of the Middle East.