There was another development in the primary fight between Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski (AK) and Kelly Tshibaka, the former Alaska Dept. of Administration commissioner who resigned to attempt a run for the senate. On Sat., Tshibaka got the endorsement of the Alaska GOP Party, and she won it easily.
Tshibaka got the endorsement with a huge margin of 58-17, which is over 77 percent of the people voting. As Downey also stressed, 77 percent of the GOP party had voted to censure Murkowski for her voting to convict Trump during his second impeachment trial. The former president, at that point, was already out of Washington.
I am honored to be Endorsed by the Alaska Republican Party! In the Senate, I will always fight for our Conservative values. pic.twitter.com/MbXxhMymfq
— Kelly Tshibaka (@KellyForAlaska) July 10, 2021
“I am thrilled and grateful to have this strong support of the Alaska GOP Party, which chose to overwhelmingly support my candidacy for the U.S. Senate,” she said. “We all have a unified goal: to support the principles upon which our nation was founded. I have promised that I will be true to our conservative ideals and be a senator you can all depend on to make every decision based on what is best for our wonderful state.”
Over the previous several weeks leading up to the GOP’s quarterly meeting, several conservative districts voted to support Tshibaka, and this month she was supported by former President Trump.
“We now go forward along a united front to defend Alaska from the radical onslaught of the Biden administration. We need a senator who will protect Alaskans and not cozy up to D.C. insiders. It is time for Republican leaders who have courage, to join together across the country. I am honored to be supported as that candidate for Alaska,” Tshibaka said.
The Alaska race might turn into quite a memorable one. Tshibaka has gotten notable victories, with endorsements from the GOP party in the state, Trump, and numerous Alaska districts.
Also, Tshibaka’s fundraising numbers and poll results are very impressive.
Murkowski has a legacy going for her, though. As her father, Frank Murkowski who came before her in the senate, appointed her to replace him in 2002. Although she lost the GOP primary in 2010, she still won the general election with a write-in campaign.
Author: Blake Ambrose