Politics: Murkowski, Peltola win in Alaska

Lisa Murkowski closes gap in Senate race against Trump-endorsed Kelly Tshibaka

  Lisa Murkowski closes gap in Senate race against Trump-endorsed Kelly Tshibaka Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) closed the gap Wednesday against GOP challenger Kelly Tshibaka and is close to shoring up enough votes to win her fourth term under the state's new ranked choice voting system. Murkowski made the gains after a big batch of absentee and early ballots were counted Tuesday. SEAN HANNITY RAILS AGAINST MITCH MCCONNELL OVER ALASKA SENATE RACE The newest ballot tally put Murkowski less than 600 votes, or about 0.3%, behind Tshibaka, a candidate who was hand-picked and endorsed by former President Donald Trump in a bid to unseat Murkowski, a Republican senator who voted to impeach him.

Two Alaska moderates, GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Democratic Rep. Mary Peltola, won reelection Wednesday over two challengers backed by former President Donald Trump, thanks to the state's ranked-choice-voting system, which allowed them to prevail without winning a majority of the vote.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) has served in the U.S. Senate since 2002. © AP Photo/Mark Thiessen Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) has served in the U.S. Senate since 2002.

Murkowski repelled Trump-backed Republican Kelly Tshibaka, less than two years after Murkowski voted for conviction in Trump’s impeachment trial.

Peltola, meanwhile, beat former Gov. Sarah Palin, another Trump-endorsed candidate, by a wider margin than her victory in the Aug. 19 special election that first sent Peltola to Congress.

Murkowski takes the lead over conservative foe in Alaska Senate race

  Murkowski takes the lead over conservative foe in Alaska Senate race Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) has taken a slim lead over her Republican challenger Kelly Tshibaka, boding well for her prospects of overcoming a conservative insurgency. The third-full-term senator holds a slight lead over over Tshibaka, 43.3% to 42.68%, with about 95% of the vote accounted for, displaying considerable gains after the tabulation of absentee and early ballots. With no candidate appearing likely to clinch a majority outright, the race appears likely to be determined by the counting of second-choice votes slated for Wednesday.

The Nov. 8 races were the first general elections held under Alaska’s new ranked-choice-voting scheme. Murkowski beat fellow Republican Kelly Tshibaka, 53.7 percent to 46.3 percent, after the second-choice votes from supporters of the third- and fourth-place candidates were reallocated in Wednesday’s tabulation.

Murkowski drew Trump’s ire repeatedly during and after his four years as president, with her February 2021 vote to convict Trump as the capstone. Though Murkowski joined six other Republican senators in voting for Trump’s conviction, she was the only one on the ballot this year.

"I am honored that Alaskans — of all regions, backgrounds and party affiliations — have once again granted me their confidence to continue working with them and on their behalf in the U.S. Senate," Murkowski said in a statement after the results were announced.

CNN projects Rep. Mary Peltola will win race for Alaska House seat, thwarting Sarah Palin's political comeback again

  CNN projects Rep. Mary Peltola will win race for Alaska House seat, thwarting Sarah Palin's political comeback again Alaska Rep. Mary Peltola, the Democrat who won a special election that sent her to Congress this summer, will once again thwart former Gov. Sarah Palin's bid for a political comeback. CNN projected Wednesday that Peltola will win the race for Alaska's at-large House seat after the state's ranked choice voting tabulation, defeating Palin and Republican Nick Begich III. CNN also projected that Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski will win reelection. She’ll defeat Republican Kelly Tshibaka and Democrat Patricia Chesbro. CNN had previously projected that a Republican would hold the seat. And Republican Gov.

Murkowski first joined the Senate in 2002, when she was appointed by her father, then-Gov. Frank Murkowski, to fill a vacant seat. This wasn't the first time she's faced opposition from conservativates: In her 2010 reelection bid, Murkowski was defeated by a right-wing primary challenger, Joe Miller, but came back to beat Miller in the general election as a write-in candidate.

Peltola's margin over Palin in the House race was larger, 54.9 percent to 45.1 percent. And it represented a significant swing from the special election in August, when Peltola won by 3 points.

Peltola is the first Alaska Democrat to win a full House term since 1970.

Also winning Wednesday was GOP Gov. Mike Dunleavy, who overcame opponents on his left and right, including former Gov. Bill Walker, who was running as an independent. Dunleavy won a bare majority of the first-place votes, so no ranked-choice tabulation was needed to secure his victory.

Alaska represented some of the final results of the 2022 midterms. For the Senate, Democrats have secured 50 seats in the new Congress, to Republicans' 49. The final seat will be decided in a Dec. 6 runoff in Georgia.

In the House, Republicans have won 220 seats, and Democrats have 213. Republicans lead in the two final uncalled races, in California's Central Valley and Colorado's Western Slope, though neither race has been called.

And among governors, the two parties evenly split the 36 states holding governor's races this year. But more Americans will live under Democratic governors next year, about 185 million, than Republican governors (141 million).

Murkowski withstands another conservative GOP challenger .
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a moderate Republican, has twice withstood challenges from more conservative factions of her party; more than a decade ago, she mounted a historical write-in campaign to beat a tea party favorite, and this year she won reelection after inflaming the ire of former President Donald Trump. On Wednesday, Murkowski defeated fellow Republican Kelly Tshibaka, who was backed by Trump, to win her fourth term in office. (AP Photo/Mariam Zuhaib, File) On Wednesday, Murkowski defeated fellow Republican Kelly Tshibaka, who was back term in office.

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