Palin a Central Figure in Tight Alaska Senate Race

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Clive Thomas, a political science professor at the University of Alaska Southeast who has spoken extensively on the Palin phenomenon, summed the close race up like this: "I'm confused."

When it comes to Murkowski, "it isn't like she's done anything bad or anything, you know what I mean? She's pretty innocuous." He also doesn't think Palin played as much a role in the race as a shift to the right and a bash-the-federal-government sentiment in Alaska.

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