Commentary: Lisa Murkowski's options

It's possible Sen. Lisa Murkowski will win the Republican primary election, but the road to victory is challenging. By now, she must be contemplating what she will do if Joe Miller prevails after the final count.

She can:

Who would prevail in a three-way contest? Polling suggests the race would be close, but in truth, nobody knows what would happen during a two-month campaign.

First of all, what kind of candidate will Democrat Scott McAdams make and what kind of campaign will he run? The guess is he will have money -- from Washington, mostly -- and find competent staffers, but he has never been on a large stage before as the mayor of Sitka, and who knows how he will perform under the greatest pressure of his life. Then there's this question: Would the Alaska voters, given their hostility to President Barack Obama and the national Democratic Party, actually put two Democrats in the United States Senate?

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