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Murkowski supporters tout 'kick-off' tonight

It's not official yet, it looks like tonight's announcement by Sen. Lisa Murkowski is likely to be a "yes" on a write-in campaign, her home state paper reports.

The Anchorage Daily News is reporting that Murkowski supporters have sent out emails inviting friends to a "kick-off event" tonight - when the incumbent lawmaker is scheduled to announce whether she will mount a write-in campaign for the November election.

Bonnie Jack, who was a Murkowski elections observer for the count of absentee votes, sent out an email this morning. “Join us at the Kick-off of Senator Lisa's campaign -- with a theme of "write in her name in and fill in the oval."

Denai'na Convention Center, third floor and hopefully out on the sunny deck, 5 pm. Bring your family including children, friends and business associates. We plan to make history!”

Jack confirmed to me that she sent the email, and indicated that obviously the conclusion to be drawn from it is that Murkowski is running

Murkowski was defeated by attorney Joe Miller in the state's August 24 GOP primary. Her announcement is scheduled for 5 p.m. local time, 9 p.m. EST.

The only senator to run a successful write-in campaign was Sen. Strom Thurmond in 1954.