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Defying the Odds: Tea Party Express Upsets Senator Lisa Murkowski Defying the Odds: Tea Party Express Upsets Senator Lisa Murkowski Zachary Schatz zlschatz@syr.edu A Controversial Statement : 1
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Defying the Odds: Tea Party Express Upsets Senator Lisa Murkowski For years campaign finances have dictated the outcome of elections. Even in the most recent presidential election, President Obama won with a $300 million financial edge over Senator McCain. This reoccurring pattern was recently broken as Joe Miller won the republican primary over Senator Lisa Murkowski for the position of Alaska’s senator. Throughout the campaign Murkowski held a confident lead but did not anticipate late involvement by the Tea Party Express. In an interview with CNN, Murkowski expressed her discontent with her opponent’s campaign, believing that she unjustly lost the election: ‘What happened in my particular race, you had the Tea Party Express, this California-based group, come in at the last minute in a campaign, run a mudslinging, smear - just a terrible, terrible - campaign with lies and fabrications and mischaracterizations. They came in, dumped $600,000 into a small market here in Alaska, and they absolutely clearly influenced the outcome.’ (Mooney, 2010) Murkowski’s claim is significant as she appears to be a victim of campaign finance abuse, a prominent issue addressed by the government multiple times in the past. Financial advantages within elections hold a great value as campaign strategy can make or break a candidate. At face value, the statement seems to show Murkowski as a victim but detailed research proves otherwise. Even though Senator Murkowski is seemingly correct in her statement that the Tea Party Express funded a misleading campaign, her loss cannot be attributed to money as Miller defies the campaign finance trend. Supporting Murkowski’s Claim : In order to determine the validity of Senator Murkowski’s statement, the statement itself must be divided into individual claims. Within the statement, Murkowski makes three separate assertions pertaining to the primary race. The first is that the Tea 2
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Defying the Odds: Tea Party Express Upsets Senator Lisa Murkowski party Express became involved in the latter stages, feeding the public with misleading information. The second claim pertains to the amount of money the Tea Party spent to aid Joe Miller in the small market area. After researching each individual part, Murkowski’s final claim holds true that the Tea Party Express clearly influenced the outcome of the
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