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Palin drops fight with Democrats over state Senate seat

Tim Grussendorf's out. Gov. Sarah Palin just ended the standoff and submitted the name of Joe Nelson as her new appointee for the open seat representing Juneau in the Alaska state Senate.

Nelson is a board member of Sealaska, the Southeast Alaska Native Corp., and is a director of admissions at the University of Alaska Southeast.

Palin had been sticking with legislative aide Grussendorf, saying the Senate Democrats' vote to reject him last week wasn't valid because it was done behind closed doors. But seven of the nine Senate Democrats sent Palin a letter today saying they were standing behind their actions, and Palin dropped the fight for Grussendorf.

"I think that effort’s been exhausted," said Palin's spokeswoman, Sharon Leighow.