Lisa Murkowski is an incumbent Senator who, earlier this year, lost her primary election to the now-Republican nominee Joe Miller. However, Murkowski chose to press on towards re-election–briefly flirting with the Libertarian Party before deciding to run a write-in campaign. Write-ins have yet to be counted in the race, but they number around 40% of the total votes cast, which means Murkowski could conceivably defeat Republican Joe Miller, the nearest competitor.
If Murkowski manages to be re-elected to the Senate through a write-in campaign, she will be the first to do so since Strom Thurmund of South Carolina did it in 1948.
It is not known what party label Murkowski will choose if she wins and enters the Senate.