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Murkowski to decide on write-in bid by Friday

Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski said Tuesday that she will not run as a third-party candidate in the state's general election and that she will announce by Friday whether or not she will mount a write-in campaign to retain her seat.

"As disappointed as I am in the outcome of the Primary and my belief that the Alaska Republican Party was hijacked by the Tea Party Express, an outside extremist group, I am not going to quit my party," she said in a statement. "I will not wrap myself in the flag of another political party for the sake of election at any cost.”

Murkowski was defeated in the state's GOP primary last month by attorney Joe Miller.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said this morning on MSNBC's Daily Rundown that Miller won "fair and square" and that he hopes that Murkowski "would accept that result and move on."