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Aug 25, 2010 9:13 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Incumbents struggle for survival in primaries

With 98 percent of the election day ballots counted in Alaska's Republican Senate primary, the race is too close to call. Sen. Lisa Murkowski trails newcomer Joe Miller by fewer than 2,000 votes out of more than 91,000 counted. As many as 16,000 absentee votes won't be counted until Aug. 31.

Murkowski would be the seventh incumbent - and fourth Republican - to lose in a year in which voters have shown a willingness to punish establishment candidates.

It also was an outsider's night in Florida's GOP primary for governor, with big-spending upstart Rick Scott toppling veteran insider Bill McCollum.

The establishment prevailed in Arizona, where veteran GOP Sen. John McCain easily cinched his party's nomination - and likely re-election this fall.

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