From Erika Bolstad in Washington D.C. --
The National Republican Senatorial Committee will be sending lawyer Sean Cairncross to assist Sen. Lisa Murkowkski's campaign while the Division of Elections finishes counting absentee ballots in the Republican Senate primary.
Murkowski continues to trail challenger Joe Miller in what's shaping up to be one of the biggest upsets of the 2010 campaign season. The winner of the GOP primary will go on to face Democrat Scott McAdams, the mayor of Sitka -- and until now, as little known statewide as Miller was a few months ago.
The Washington Post reports that "committee sources insisted that too much should not be read into Cairncross' presence in Alaska -- only that the NRSC is an incumbent-retention committee and, as such, provides assistance when Senators ask for it."
The committee also spoke with the Miller campaign and promised its full support if he ultimately wins.