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Alaska election results: Murkowski takes lead in tight ranked-choice general election

  Alaska election results: Murkowski takes lead in tight ranked-choice general election Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski has taken the lead over Trump-backed Republican challenger Kelly Tshibaka in the state's first ranked choice general election.As of Saturday morning, Murkowski leads Tshibaka by fewer than 2,000 first-choice votes, with no candidate in the race claiming an outright majority that would end the election. Murkowski has 112,519 votes, 43.3% of the total vote share, and Tshibaka has 110,861 votes, 42.7%.

Former President Donald Trump’s candidates saw more midterm defeats in Alaska, when Democratic Rep. Mary Peltola won her reelection bid in Alaska’s sole congressional seat and incumbent Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski fended off a challenge from a fellow Republican.

Peltola won out against former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin to serve a full two-year term. Peltola defeated Palin previously in August in a special election to fill the remainder of the late Republican Rep. Don Young’s term.

And Murkowski, a Republican who voted to impeach Trump in his second impeachment trial for inciting the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, survived a challenge from Kelly Tshibaka, a former Alaska Department of Administration commissioner. Seeking to purge the GOP of any detractors, Trump endorsed Tshibaka and actively campaigned against Murkowski.

Murkowski wins reelection in Alaska Senate race

  Murkowski wins reelection in Alaska Senate race JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Republican U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski has won reelection, defeating Donald Trump-endorsed GOP rival Kelly Tshibaka. Murkowski beat Tshibaka in the Nov. 8 ranked choice election. The results were announced Wednesday, when elections officials tabulated the ranked choice results after neither candidate won more than 50% of first-choice votes. Murkowski wound up with 54% of the vote after ranked choice voting, picking up a majority of the votes cast for Democrat Pat Chesbro after she was eliminated.

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What took so long?

This year’s Nov. 8 elections were the first general elections testing Alaska’s new ranked choice voting system that voters approved in a ballot initiative back in 2020.

As a result, vote counting was a longer process in Alaska compared to other states. If no candidates earned more than 50% of the vote, votes would be reallocated from the candidate in last place.

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Peltola won by a wider margin in the general election than her special election back in August, defeating Palin by 54.9% to 45.1%. In the special election, she won 51.5% to 48.5%.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) walks to the Senate Republican Luncheon in the U.S. Capitol Building on August 02, 2022 in Washington, DC. © Anna Moneymaker, Getty Images Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) walks to the Senate Republican Luncheon in the U.S. Capitol Building on August 02, 2022 in Washington, DC.

Murkowski’s race was more narrow. She defeated Tshibaka 53.7% to 46.3%.

Mary Peltola's win in Alaska may spark conservative election backlash

  Mary Peltola's win in Alaska may spark conservative election backlash Peltola, the first Alaska Native to serve in Congress, prevailed in a three-way race against two Republicans.Peltola, a 10-year veteran of Alaska’s state legislature who was until recently executive director of the Kuskokwim River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, had developed a reputation over her career for “resolute niceness,” as one news report put it. A September AARP poll found that 49% of likely voters had a favorable view of her, 39% had a favorable view of Palin and 38% had a favorable view of Begich.

“Thank you, Alaska. 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 race was called in her favor.

Peltola becomes first Alaska Native to serve a full term

Peltola makes history as the first Alaska Native to win a full term to the House and is also the first Democrat to take the state’s single seat since 1970.

“Alaskans voted for a better future, one where our fisheries are rehabilitated, our rights are preserved, and our families can afford to not only survive, but thrive,” Peltola tweeted after her victory. “I’m happy they did. Now it’s time to make that a reality.”

Peltola’s victory is also a blow to Palin, who attempted to stage a political comeback through the House race and Trump’s endorsement.

Peltola, 1st Alaska Native in Congress, wins full term

  Peltola, 1st Alaska Native in Congress, wins full term JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — U.S. Rep. Mary Peltola has been elected to a full term in the House, months after the Alaska Democrat won a special election to the seat following the death earlier this year of longtime Republican Rep. Don Young. Peltola defeated Republicans Sarah Palin and Nick Begich, as well as Libertarian Chris Bye in the Nov. 8 election. Results of the ranked choice election were announced Wednesday. Palin and Begich also were candidates in the special election. “It’s a two-year contract,” Peltola told the Anchorage Daily News after her victory — a 55%-45% margin over Palin in the final tabulation round — was announced.

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Dallas, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022. © LM Otero, AP Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Dallas, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Peltola and Murkowski win in Alaska, defeat Trump-backed candidates

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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