Incumbent Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski might lose the seat that she has held on for over two decades to a Republican challenger endorsed 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 most likely to emerge with the victory at 53%, according to election forecaster FiveThirtyEight.
Tshibaka, a Trump-backed Republican challenger who was previously the commissioner of the Alaska Department of Administration is currently trying to unseat Murkowski in a tight race. Murkowski previously supported the impeachment of former President Trump which is a controversial move in the party.
Alaska’s 2022 race is fairly unique as due to a new 2020 ballot measure voters selected ranked-choice voting in the state’s elections. This means that Tshibaka and Murkowski are both going to be on the ballot despite belonging to the same party. The two are currently the top candidates facing off in the state’s race. Democratic candidate Patricia Chesbro is also competing in November’s general election.
Murkowski has previously faced criticism over supporting Trump’s impeachment and reaching out to Democrats. Many have also said that she is not doing enough to fight against President Biden’s agenda.
Originally appointed to the Senate in 2002, Murkowski has often been a part of partisan Senate battles and is considered to be one of the most liberal Republican senators.