Lisa Murkowski Might Not Survive This Election
(PatriotWise.com) – Election forecaster FiveThirtyEight last week projected that the Republicans have a 99 percent chance of hanging on to the Alaska Senate seat currently held by Lisa Murkowski. But it isn’t Lisa Murkowski who is favored to win.
Murkowski’s Republican challenger Kelly Tshibaka has a 53 percent chance of defeating Murkowski in Alaska’s ranked-choice voting this November, according to FiveThirtyEight.
Tshibaka, who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump, is currently locked in a tight race with the incumbent Murkowski in the three-way ranked-choice race that also includes Democrat candidate Patricia Chesbro.
Murkowski faced a Republican challenger after she voted to convict Trump during his second impeachment trial. It certainly didn’t help that Murkowski has frequently broken ranks with Senate Republicans to support Democrat legislation rather than fight back against President Biden’s radical Left agenda.
Murkowski has always been a weak Republican in the US Senate. But within Alaska, the tentacles of her political machine stretch wide.
She began her Senate career in 2002 when her father, Governor Frank Murkowski appointed her to serve out the remainder of his own Senate term after he won his gubernatorial race.
The last time Murkowski faced a serious threat was in 2010 during the Tea Party revolution. Republican Joe Miller challenged Murkowski and defeated her in the primary. But instead of accepting defeat, Murkowski, falling back on her political machine, launched a write-in campaign during the 2010 general election, defeating Miller by around 10,000 votes.
Murkowski was censured by the Alaska Republican Party after she voted to convict Trump last year. The state’s GOP then vowed to recruit a challenger to unseat her. However, Murkowski continues to receive the backing of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
The Murkowski campaign, however, remains confident she will handily defeat Tshibaka and retain her seat.
A campaign spokesman recently told Fox News that internal polling shows Murkowski beating Kelly Tshibaka by seven points.
Only that poll was conducted in August.
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