Becky Bohrer, The Associated Press
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski won't attempt to regain her leadership within the GOP conference if she wins re-election.
Her spokesman, Michael Brumas, says her focus will be on retaining her position as ranking member on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
Murkowski resigned her position as vice chair in the conference when she decided to run as a write-in candidate following her loss in the August GOP primary to Joe Miller. Write-ins hold a lead in initial returns from Tuesday's general election, and while it's not clear how many of those are for Murkowski or are valid votes, she's expressed confidence that she'll win.
Another Murkowski spokesman has said that she fully intends to caucus with Republicans if she returns.