11 Politicos to Watch in 2011

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Lisa Murkowski

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Although she had to resign her Republican leadership position in September after losing the primary to Tea Party-backed Joe Miller, she was seated as Alaska's senior senator after winning the state's first successful write-in campaign. Since the election, she's cast four major votes, all with the Democrats: for the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell," in support of the tax deal, for ratification of the START treaty, and for cloture for the DREAM Act. She could become a powerful swing vote in a closely divided Senate. [See who donates the most money to Murkowski.]

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