Donald Trump’s Least Favorite GOP Senator Lisa Murkowski Survives Yet Again in Alaska Midterm Senate Election
When Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) voted to convict Donald Trump at impeachment trial after the January 6 uprisingshe did so knowing full well that it could end her political career.
Less than two years later, Alaskans voted to send Murkowski back to Washington for a fourth six-year term: She defeated her Trump-backed rival, fellow Republican Kelly Tshibaka.
Under Alaska’s ranked-choice voting system, Murkowski won a majority of the vote after supporters of Democratic candidate Pat Chesbro, who finished last, ranked the incumbent senator as the pick. their second.
That system, as well as Alaska’s removal of the closed-party primaries, was instrumental in helping Murkowski weather the raging Republican uprising not only because of her vote convicting Trump but also because of her years. votes that angered conservatives—for example, her opposition to repealing Obamacare and letting endorse Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
Winning over a large number of independent-minded Alaskan voters with his track record on infrastructure projects and local issues, Murkowski demonstrated the limited appeal of his appeals campaign. MAGA promotes, even in the state where Trump has done it twice.
“I have always been an alliance builder,” Murkowski told The Daily Beast in an October interview in Anchorage. “In any campaign I’ve been on, it’s all about how do we expand our community here—not just serving a partisan base.”
Murkowski’s victory is a blow to Trump, and Tshibaka’s defeat will be one of the biggest setbacks in his 2022 revenge campaign to oust Republicans who have parted with him. It’s also a win for Trump’s biggest enemy in the GOP: Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
Although Alaska was not involved in the fight for control of the Senate, McConnell, through her super PAC, spent nearly $7 million on TV commercials attacking Tshibaka on her record as a PAC. is a government official. His involvement angered many Alaska Republicans and Tshibaka himself, who called his efforts “un-American” and said McConnell was trying to buy a vote he had controllable.
Although Tshibaka has raised more than $4 million, her allies in the party’s Trump faction have never contributed cash to help her stop McConnell’s air war. During the home leg of the race, as Tshibaka’s momentum dwindled, Murkowski—whether intentionally or not—incited many of her conservative haters by endorsing Representative Mary Peltola, a Democrat. owner, for the race to the House of Alaska.
With her win, Murkowski will spend another six years picking up votes that have sometimes frustrated members of both parties, including Republicans who spent a lot of money to keep her in office. Regardless of who controls the White House or the Senate, Murkowski is poised to continue to play a key role in brokering deals like the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure law passed last year.