Mitt Wins Murkowski’s Support

(Mark Halperin/TIME)
(Mark Halperin/TIME)
Crowd bustles around Romney.

Romney announces the Last Frontier State Sen. backing him for GOP nomination.

Read the statement announcing Murkowski’s support below.

MITT ROMNEY ANNOUNCES SUPPORT OF ALASKA SENATOR LISA MURKOWSKI, QUALIFIES FOR ALASKA REPUBLICAN BALLOT

Boston, MA – Mitt Romney today announced the support of Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski. Mitt Romney also became the first candidate to complete the filing process to qualify for the ballot in the Alaska Republican Party’s 2012 Presidential Preference Poll. Petitions containing more than 100 signatures of Alaska Republican voters along with all required documents and fees were delivered to Alaska Republican Party Chairman Randy Ruedrich on November 14. After reviewing them, Chairman Ruedrich certified Governor Romney for the Alaska ballot.

“I am proud to announce the support of Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski,” said Mitt Romney. “I look forward to working with her to expand Alaska’s energy production, bring jobs back to the state, and help get our country on the right track again.”

“Mitt Romney has had the lifelong experiences needed to turn around our economy,” said Senator Murkowski. “Whether it was his ability to turn around the Massachusetts economy or turn around businesses in the private sector, Mitt Romney has demonstrated the leadership that we need in the White House to get the country on the right track. He has also laid out a plan to get our country on the path toward energy independence. Mitt Romney understands the importance of Alaska as a leader in our country’s energy production and I look forward to working with him on such an important economic and national security matter.”

Background On Sen. Murkowski:

Senator Lisa Murkowski Has Represented Alaska In The U.S. Senate Since 2002. She serves as the senior Republican member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and is also a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee, and the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. Before entering the Senate, Senator Murkowski worked as a commercial lawyer and served in the Alaska State House of Representatives.

Related Topics: Alaska, Lisa Murkowski, Mitt Romney, 2012 Elections

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