Senate Elections: Signs of Anti-Incumbent Fever?

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There's a new breed of political candidates taking on Washington and they're winning nominations after hard campaigning. It is a political trend that's sending some longtime incumbents home.

The latest victory is likely to come in Alaska, where officials are still counting votes in the Republican Senate election.

If Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, loses the Republican nomination, it will make her the third incumbent senator ousted before the general election.

"It ain't over yet folks," Murlowski said. "There are thousands of absentees that have yet to come in. That whole process will be taking place."

Murkowski is the daughter of a senator and governor. She out-spent her rival, Tea Party candidate and Gulf War veteran Joe Miller, 10 to 1 during the campaign.

But Miller is some 1,600 votes ahead of Murkowski.

"Alaskans recognize that this is a heavy-handed government," Miller said. "It put us down economically in the sense that's it's restricted our resource base and they are tired of it and look at the Constitution as being the way out."

In Alaska's Republican Senate election, there are thousands of absentee ballots to count, and it could be weeks before Alaskans know the results.

Anti-Incumbent Fever

Incumbents and their record of service in Washington isn't playing well with voters. This anti-incumbent fever led to the ouster of longtime Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., earlier this year.

"It's been a great privilege to serve the people of Pennsylvania," Sen. Specter said after losing the nomination.

Sen. Bob Bennett, R-Utah, also lost his job.

"The political atmosphere obviously has been toxic," Bennett said.

The toxic political atmosphere also threatens long-time incumbents like Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., in the November primary.

Polls show the Democrat is in a dead heat with former Hewlett-Packard Chief Carly Fiorina.

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