Murkowski refuses to say she would vote for Palin over Obama

Lisa Murkowski declined to say on Thursday whether she would vote for Sarah Palin over President Barack Obama in 2012 — despite insisting that she remains a Republican following her run as a write-in candidate for Senate in Alaska.

Murkowski, who declared herself the winner of that race on Thursday, was adamant that though she ran as a write-in candidate, she was still a Republican and would vote with Republicans.

“I am still a Republican,” Murkowski told CNN. “I am still conferencing with the Republicans. I retain my seniority that I have built as a Republican.”

But when asked if it would “be a safe assumption if it was between Sarah Palin and President Barack Obama, that you would support the GOP nominee? That would be Sarah Palin?” Murkowski would not answer the question.

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“We have a long ways to go before we hit 2012 and before we have to make decisions like that,” she said. “I’m still waiting, along with the rest of the country, to see what evolves from this process.”