NEWS
11/08/2016 12:22 EST | Updated 11/09/2017 00:12 EST

The Latest: Murkowski challengers find support

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Latest on Alaska's U.S. Senate race (all times local):

1:20 p.m.

Voters across Alaska are casting ballots in the U.S. Senate race, where incumbent Lisa Murkowski is touting her seniority, but two voters in a south Anchorage election precinct are looking for change.

Christine Shaw, voting at Rabbit Creek Elementary School, says she has always voted for Murkowski but is choosing another candidate this year.

Shaw says she likes the incumbent but believes change is needed.

Shaw voted for Ray Metcalfe, who won the nomination in the Democratic primary. Shaw acknowledges she knows nothing about Metcalfe but says there needs to be a change.

Jeanette O'Brien voted for Joe Miller, who's running as a Libertarian.

O'Brien says she likes Miller's position on keeping out people in the country illegally. O'Brien says they take jobs from Americans.

She also likes Miller's position on protecting unborn children. O'Brien says she's a Christian and loves children from the time they're conceived.

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12:01 a.m.

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski faces a crowded field in her bid for re-election including the man who beat her in the Republican primary six years ago and an independent who has garnered support from within the Alaska Democratic party.

Murkowski's last two Senate races were nail-biters. In 2010, for example, she lost the GOP primary to Joe Miller but won the general election with a write-in campaign.

While this election has lacked the drama of 2010, it has had its surprises, including Miller's late entrance into the race as a Libertarian. Several Republicans quit leadership posts in their party to publicly back his run.

Two factions of the Democratic party have endorsed independent Margaret Stock over their own nominee, Ray Metcalfe, who has feuded with party leaders.