By Mike LaChance
Published October 11, 2022 at 4:43am
Trump-backed Republican Kelly C. Tshibaka is expected to beat Lisa Murkowski in the race for Senate in Alaska, according to election forecaster 538.
Conservatives will be overjoyed if this actually happens. Murkowski is known for siding with Democrats when her party needed her.
Kelly C. Tshibaka would be a fresh face and a more loyal conservative.
FOX News reports:
Trump-backed Tshibaka projected to defeat 20-year incumbent Sen. Murkowski, election forecaster says
Incumbent Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski is in danger of losing the seat she has held for two decades to a challenger from her own party backed by former President Trump.
A Republican has roughly a 99% chance to win next month’s Alaska senate election, with Republican challenger Kelly C. Tshibaka considered mostly likely to emerge with the victory at 53%, according to election forecaster FiveThirtyEight.
Tshibaka, a Trump-backed Republican challenger who previously served as a commissioner of the Alaska Department of Administration, is currently locked in a tight battle with Murkowski after the incumbent senator generated controversy by supporting the impeachment of former President Trump.
Alaska’s 2022 race is unique thanks to a 2020 ballot measure in which voters approved ranked-choice voting in the state’s elections, meaning both Tshibaka and Murkowski will appear on the ballot despite being members of the same party. The two emerged as the top two candidates in the state’s nonpartisan blanket primary in August, and will face off with Democratic candidate Patricia Chesbro in November’s general election.
This would be a big win for the right.
The GOP Senate will look very different if Tshibaka wins.
Cross posted from American Lookout.
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