Alaska’s midterm election results were the latest rebuke to former President Donald Trump, with Senator Lisa Murkowski pushing back a challenge from Trump-backed candidate and former governor Sarah Palin, who lost her bid for a seat in the House of Representatives.
Alaska’s ranked voting results, released Wednesday by state election agency, highlighted the election issues that have plagued pro-Trump Republicans across the country during this year’s term.
They may also have reflected the influence of Senate Republican minority leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, who has a strained relationship with the former president. McConnell backed centrist Murkowski in her race against Kelly Tshibaka, who was backed by Trump and the Alaska GOP.
Murkowski was the only Republican in the Senate to vote to convict Trump during his impeachment trial last year, and then faced voters in this year’s midterm elections.
Trump, who is not believed to be talking to McConnell, ran his final White House bid last week but emerged from the mid-term election visibly wounded. His favored candidates struggled, and GOP strategists said he had destroyed his party.
Free-thinking Alaska, known for its large number of independent voters, was not the most pro-Trump state in previous elections. But the former president continued to run The Last Frontier by double-digit margins in 2016 and 2020 — before his campaign lies inspired the January 6, 2021 att*ck on the United States Capitol.
In the midterm elections, Murkwoski defeated Tshibaka by about 7 percentage points, while Democratic Representative Mary Peltola defeated Palin by about 10 points, according to unofficial Results reported by the Alaska Elections Department.
“Thank you, Alaska”, Murkowski, 65, tweeted Wednesday night. “I am honored that the people of Alaska – of all regions, backgrounds and party affiliations – have once again trusted me to continue working with and on their behalf in the US Senate.”
Peltola, the first Alaska native to serve in Congress, published a series of strong statements about the problems with the kitchen table.
“Pro-fish policy wins”, Peltola, 49, he wrote. “Pro-family policy wins. Pro-labor policy wins. Pro-choice politics wins.
It’s unclear what Palin – who rose to national prominence when the late Senator John McCain made her his running mate for the White House in 2008 – might do next.
She resigned as governor of Alaska in 2009, which this time may have left voters with a bad taste.
In this year’s election, Trump campaigned with both Palin and Tshibaka.
In June 2020, ahead of the impeachment vote and well ahead of the 2022 midterm elections, Trump said he would support any conservative challenger to Murkowski.
“Not many people know where they’ll be in two years, but I do, in the Greater State of Alaska (which I love) campaigning against Senator Lisa Murkowski.” on Twitter in June 2020. “Prepare any candidate, good or bad, I don’t care, I support. If you have a pulse, I’m with you!”
He followed him. But Trump could not lead Tshibaki to victory.
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