Even after the party previously denied sitting Senator Lisa Murkowski a place on their ballot this November, the Senator’s campaign is still talking with the Alaska Libertarian Party and the party’s chairman says that they’re “in discussions,” although the party’s decision “will not be reversed.” Murkowski lost the Republican primary to challenger Joe Miller, but cannot run as an independent because of filing deadlines. From Politico (H/T to Chris Cole):
“Yes, we’re in discussions with the Murkowski campaign. We’ve always said we’d be open to a sit-down with any Alaskan, especially a sitting U.S. senator,” Kohlhaas said. “Even though the talks are a good thing, we’re not going to flip-flop. We warned them, but they still want to talk.”
If Murkowski wants to stay in the race, she has two remaining options: Run as a write-in candidate, or attempt to take the place of the Libertarian Party nominee on the ballot.
Murkowski must overcome several hurdles to pursue the latter option. Not only would Haase have to remove himself from the ballot, but the state executive committee would have to approve Murkowski’s candidacy by Sept. 15. The Alaska Libertarian Party, however, already voted on Aug. 30 not to allow Murkowski on the ballot because of ideological differences — a vote that Kohlhaas said will not be reversed.
Still, Kohlhaas described the talks between the party and Murkowski’s campaign as “fruitful and constructive, frank and open.”