Return of Joe Miller: Good news for Democrats?


RealClearPolitics updates nationwide readers on failed Alaska Senate candidate Joe Miller and speculates on the upcoming battle for Sen. Mark Begich's Senate seat. RCP reporter Scott Conroy says Miller is expected to announce his intentions "in the coming weeks."

Despite the incumbent’s quiet strengths, newly elected Alaska Democratic Party Chairman Mike Wenstrup believes that Miller would be a surprisingly strong opponent, in part due to his avid base.

“It’ll be the biggest race probably in Alaska history,” Wenstrup said of the Senate bout next year. “We expect it to be similar to the race Sen. [Jon] Tester ran in Montana in 2012, with lots of outside money coming in and lots of negative attacks from these outside PACs targeting Sen. Begich.”

In the meantime, RCP looks for clues to Miller's intentions on his "Restoring Liberty" website:

At first glance, the online endeavor bears the stamp of someone promoting a rigid ideology and staking out a presence on the right wing of the GOP, rather than serving as a vehicle for an aspiring national politician . . . who was previously defeated after being labeled an extremist.

But the Persian Gulf War veteran is operating under his own playbook, even as he seeks to broaden his reach in other ways: The National Review reported last week that Miller has huddled with key Republicans on Capitol Hill to express interest in mounting a 2014 Senate run.

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