Alaskan Senator Loses Seat To Tea Party Conservative

It's the end of a 30-year family tradition for U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski.

The Alaskan was defeated in Tuesday's primary by Tea Party conservative Joe Miller in a close race.

Murkowski was chosen in 2002 by her father and governor, Frank Murkowski, who had been senator for 22 years.

Murkowski made the concession speech Tuesday night, a full week after the primary.

Murkowski trailed Miller by 1,668 votes after last week's primary.

Election officials began counting absentee and outstanding ballots Tuesday.

Murkowski made slight gains, but was never able to get Miller's lead below 1,200 votes.