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Anti-abortion group backs Miller

From Erika Bolstad in Anchorage –

Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller has picked up an endorsement from the political arm of the anti-abortion Alaska Family Council. Alaska Family Action announced Tuesday it would back Miller.

"We do not take this endorsement lightly. It is the first time our organization has ever endorsed a candidate for any office, and it will most likely occur only rarely again," said AFA Board Chair Dave Bronson. "After much deliberation, our Board determined that there is simply too much at stake not to draw a line in the sand. This race is going to come down to the wire and we simply could not stand on the sidelines anymore."

Abortion has emerged as a defining issue in the Senate race, despite this being an election year defined less by social issues than the economy and federal spending.
The issue perfectly defines all three, with Republican Joe Miller the anti-abortion candidate, Democrat Scott McAdams the pro-choice one and Sen. Lisa Murkowski straddling the middle.

Murkowski, who does not oppose abortion but also declines to describe herself as pro-choice, lost the Republican primary in part because anti-abortion voters turned out in great numbers to support a voter initiative requiring parents to be notified before their teen receives an abortion. Miller came out strongly for the proposal, known as Measure 2.

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