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Palin to aid Murkowski's 2010 Senate campaign

Gov. Sarah Palin plans to raise money for the re-election campaign of Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, and hopes to end speculation she might challenge Murkowski in the primary for the U.S. Senate next year.

"The governor has no intention of running for the senator's seat in 2010," Palin spokeswoman Meg Stapleton said Tuesday. "(Palin) thinks the senator is doing a great job and that's why she's looking forward to hosting a fundraiser for her."

Stapleton said details won't be set until after Alaska's legislative session ends on April 19. She said there would be at least one fundraiser, likely in the next couple of months.

"I know it is a priority for the governor to have a fundraiser in the state of Alaska" Stapleton said.

"Obviously you are working with the schedules of two very busy women and so it will be when the senator is in Alaska, and it works for both of their schedules."

A Murkowski aide said the senator is looking forward to it.

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