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Murkowski faces a Trump-backed challenge in Alaska to win re-election

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) holds a news conference at her campaign headquarters on Election Day, Nov. 8, 2022, in Anchorage, Alaska.

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Sen. Lisa Murkowski wins re-election AlaskaFormer President Donald Trump is dealing with another loss in a miserable midterm cycle largely for his handpicked candidates in the competitive Senate race.

Murkowski, one of only seven Republicans who voted to convict Trump in his second impeachment trial, survived a challenge from Trump-backed Kelly Tshibaka, a former Alaska Department of Administration commissioner, in the state’s first Senate election. ranked-choice voting,

Rather than limiting voters to a single option, the format allows candidates to be ranked in order of preference. Neither Murkowski nor Shibaka, the top two-vote getters first round In the November 8 general election, after the tabulation of the first preference had a majority, a runoff round began on Wednesday, in which candidates removed from the ballot list were reallocated to the voter’s next choice.

Murkowski, Tshibaka, Democrat Patricia Chesbrough and Republican Buzz Kelly all advanced by one. Independent August Primary, Kelly later dropped out and endorsed Tshibaka, but he remained on the ballot. Wednesday’s runoff began with second-choice votes from those who voted for last place Kelly spread among the remaining three candidates. Chesbrough was then eliminated, and second-choice votes from his ballots helped propel Murkowski over the threshold.

From the outset, the race primarily focused on the two prominent Republicans and their relationship with Trump.

For example, Tshibaka had made waves Another Trump foil, Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. for another term as Senate GOP leader if elected.

Murkowski became a target for the right after emerging as a rare Republican incumbent willing to criticize Trump and ultimately blame him for inciting the deadly riot at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021. Alaska Republican Party Condemnation She and Trump began calling him the “disaster from Alaska”, eventually endorsing Tshibaka to challenge him.

Murkowski is also known for her moderate profile in the Senate and her willingness to work with Democrats. She was one of only three Republicans who voted to confirm Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson in April. She trailed her party in other major votes during Trump’s administration, as well as voting with Democrats and a handful of other Republicans to block the GOP’s efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. recently campaign advertising Summarizing his closing argument, Murkowski vowed to “work with anyone, from any party, to advance Alaska’s priorities.”

Advocates of ranked-choice voting, a system that gained national attention for its use in last year’s New York City mayoral election, to accept The setup benefits moderate candidates who don’t play to the fringes of either party and work hard to appeal to a broad group of people.

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