The group behind several stunning upsets in key primary elections is at it again. The Tea Party Express will be gassing up the tour bus and heading to Alaska, looking to defeat U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, again. Tea Party candidate Joe Miller beat the incumbent senator in August, only to have her re-join the race as a write-in candidate.
Tea Party Express Chairman Amy Kremer says their plan to get more boots on the ground is to make sure the voices of voters are heard.
"She obviously doesn't get it; she is defying the will of the people. The people already had a choice and they chose Joe Miller, they would rather have Miller over Murkowski," Kremer said.
The group, based out of California, reportedly already spent $500,000 to see Miller take the GOP nomination and say they are ready to do whatever it takes to see it happen again.
"We will do whatever is needed and I absolutely feel like we can do it," Kremer said.
Preparing for an Alaskan showdown, Murkowski's campaign is also getting into high gear. A spokesman from her campaign told the Anchorage Daily News they plan to fight any outside group that tries to influence the election's outcome. Murkowski has previously called the Tea Party Express an outside extremist group that hijacked the GOP party.
Murkowski has said her decision to jump back into the race as a write-in candidate was at the urging of her fellow Alaskans, begging her to give them a choice between conservative Joe Miller and Democrat Scott McAdams.
In the coming weeks, the Tea Party Express plans to unveil a new campaign ad, spotlighting Murkowski's record and painting her as a liberal Washington insider, out of touch with Alaskan voters.
The latest Rasmussen Report has Republican Joe Miller taking 42% of the vote, write-in candidate Murkowski picking up 25%, and Democratic challenger Scott McAdams earning 25%. This is the first Rasmussen poll of the Alaska Senate race since GOP Senator Lisa Murkowski announced her write-in candidacy.