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Social media wrap: Alaska's Joe Miller tweets primary results against Murkowski, Beltway jokes

August 25, 2010 |  4:24 pm


Heard the one about the caribou that crossed the road?

Alaska's newest political heavyweight, Joe Miller, who on Tuesday took a 2,000-or-so vote lead over incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski in the GOP primary, provided an answer of sorts on Twitter as he watched the results roll in.

Answer: It's a Beltway traffic jam, apparently. And who knows, maybe all Washington politicians should be chasing those vital grassroots as Miller advocated on his Twitter account (that now has more than 2,500 followers).

He tweeted:

What's a 'Beltway traffic jam'? Is that when a caribou herd crosses a road? #TeaParty #tcot #Alaska #AK

and then:

What's the moose hunting like in the Beltway? #teaparty #tcot #alaska #ak

and also:

America, keep in mind the potential: this was done with a mostly all-volunteer campaign staff #teaparty #tcot #alaska #ak.

His opponent, incumbent Lisa Murkowski, an avid social-media networker with more than 4,000 ...

... followers on her Twitter account, was strangely quiet on her Facebook and Twitter accounts, but told the AP that, with thousands of absentee ballots still to be counted, "This ain't over yet."

Miller had received the endorsement of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin on both Facebook and Twitter.

Palin tweeted Tuesday night:  Sarah_palin_caribou

@HeyTammyBruce @JoeWMiller g'night!May Alaska's opportunity to export our pioneering, independent spirit come to fruition w/a miracle on ice

Miller's last tweet of the election evening was pretty prescient as the vote count, as Murkowski said, is far from final.

He tweeted: 51.74% vs. 48.26% & 77.4% reporting. Is that it for this evening? #TeaParty #tcot #Alaska #AK

That may be it for the evening, but the vote tallying is sure to rumble on, like a herd of caribou crossing a road, for a good while yet.

-- Craig Howie

Photos: Main: Joe Miller and Lisa Murkowski. Associated Press; Inset: Sarah Palin bags a caribou. Associated Press

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