WASHINGTON -- On Sunday, National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn (Tex.) denied reports that the GOP is abandoning Joe Miller in Alaska's Senate race, but at the same time, refused to say whether he believes the Republican has a real shot at winning.
Cornyn was responding to a story by ABC News's Jonathan Karl, who reported that party leaders are worried that Democrat Scott McAdams may actually win and are therefore "banking on a victory by write-in candidate Lisa Murkowski as the best bet for Republicans to keep the Alaska Senate seat."
"Well, that's not the case," Cornyn responded on ABC's "This Week." " We, what we have done, we are supporting the nominee of our party, which is Mr. Miller, and -- but are concerned."
When asked by host Christiane Amanpour whether he believes Miller can win, Cornyn simply replied, "Well, I think that polls are very close now between Senator Murkowski and Joe Miller, and what we want to make sure of is that the Democrat doesn't win, Bob's candidate doesn't win in November."
In contrast, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Bob Menendez said, "We believe Scott McAdams has a real chance of winning this race."
According to an analysis by The Huffington Post's Pollster, the Alaska Senate race is right now leaning in Murkowski's favor.
In recent days, both parties have had to defend their long-shot nominees, with controversy for Democrats in Florida over whether President Bill Clinton asked Rep. Kendrick Meek (Fla.) to drop out in order to throw support behind Independent Charlie Crist in the Senate race against Republican Marco Rubio.