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Murkowski, Tshibaka, Palin advance to November elections

Murkowski Tshibaka Palin advance to November elections


Sen. Lisa Murkowski and her Trump-backed challenger will both advance to the general election in Alaska, setting up a rematch in November — as Sarah Palin also moved ahead in her bid to win a seat in the US House after Tuesday night’s primaries.

Murkowski was leading her rival Kelly Tshibaka by about 5,000 votes in the state, which for the first time used ranked-choice voting to determine the ballots.

Democrat Patricia Chesbro is also expected to advance in the nonpartisan election for the Senate, but the fourth slot was still undetermined. The top four finishers move on.

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is gunning for Rep. Don Young’s seat.
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U.S. Senate candidate Kelly Tshibaka and her husband Niki Tshibaka clap for U.S. House candidate Sarah Palin after she joined the stage with Donald Trump during a rally at the Alaska Airlines Center on Saturday, July 9, 2022.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski questioned whether her challenger Kelly Tshibaka is more loyal to former President Donald Trump than Alaska.
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Murkowski, seeking her fourth term, found herself facing a challenge by Tshibaka after voting to impeach former President Donald Trump in February 2021 for his role in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot and for opposing Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court.

Palin, who was Sen. John McCain’s GOP running mate in the 2008 presidential election and received an endorsement from Trump, moved on to November along with Republican Nick Begich and Democrat Mary Perolta. The fourth slot was still undecided.

They were competing in a special election to fill the term of the late-Rep. Don Young, who died in March. That term will expire in January.

The winner of the November election will serve a two-year term.

Full results aren’t expected to be in until the end of the month.

In a statement issued late Tuesday, Palin said she would fight corruption in Washington if elected to Congress and blasted the state’s new election system as “crazy, convoluted, undesirable.”

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) outside the Senate Chambers in the U.S. Capitol on July 21, 2022 in Washington, DC.
Kelly Tshibaka accused Sen. Lisa Murkowski of favoring “Washington, D.C. insiders.”
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Former President Donald Trump and Senate candidate Kelly Tshibaka.
Former President Donald Trump endorsed Senate candidate Kelly Tshibaka.
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“Voters are confused and angry, and feel disenfranchised by this cockamamie system that makes it impossible to trust that your vote will even be counted the way you intended,” Palin, a former governor of the state, said.

“We’ll keep fighting to equip Alaskans with the information they need to make sure their voices are heard amidst this Leftist-crafted system – no matter how hard the corrupt political establishment works to silence us,” she continued in the statement.​

Murkowski has ​said that she was focused on winning in November, but also questioned whether her opponent’s loyalties were to Alaska or Trump.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski
Sen. Lisa Murkowski previously voted to impeach former President Donald Trump.
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Former President Donald Trump rallied supporters for Kelly Tshibaka’s Senate campaign at the Alaska Airlines Center on July 9, 2022.
Former President Donald Trump rallied supporters for Kelly Tshibaka’s Senate campaign at the Alaska Airlines Center on July 9, 2022.
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Because Tshibaka derived her strength from Trump’s endorsement, Murkowski said, “what does that really say about her as a candidate with what she has to offer Alaska? Is it just that she will be a rubber stamp for Donald Trump? I don’t think that all Alaskans are really seeking that. Not the ones that I’m talking to.”​

But Tshibaka, the former commissioner of the Alaska Department of Administration, said in a statement that her win Tuesday is the “​​first step in breaking the Murkowski monarchy’s grip on Alaska, as voters have clearly indicated that it’s time for a change in our representation in the Senate.​”​

She said that​ ​”​Murkowski cares more about her status with the Washington, D.C. insiders than she does about what the people here at home think.​”

Sen. Lisa Murkowski
Sen. Lisa Murkowski led the vote in Alaska’s ranked-choice ballot race.
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U.S. House candidate Sarah Palin speaks during the rally at the Alaska Airlines Center on Saturday, July 9, 2022. Donald Trump campaigned on Saturday night in Anchorage with Kelly Tshibaka, whom he has endorsed in her race against Sen. Lisa Murkowski, and others, including former Gov. Sarah Palin, now running for Congress.
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin vowed to fight “corruption” in Washington DC.
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With Post wires​



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