Alaska Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski now follows her GOP challenger Kelly Tshibaka after voting to convict former President Donald Trump for instigating an uprising.
Polling the GOP polling station Cygnal found that Tshibaka was in the lead in an all-party primary, with 33.6 percent of the vote, compared to Murkowski’s 18.8 percent.
Al Gross, an independent who was the Democratic nominee for the 2020 Alaska Senate race, came third with 17.6 percent.
Tshibaka, Alaska’s executive commissioner, is rated favorably by 61 percent of Trump voters and Republicans alike.
Murkowski, on the other hand, is rated positively by only 10 percent of Republicans, the poll found. Another 87 percent of Republicans have a negative view of the incumbent party.
With voters from all parties, Murkowski is rated positively by 33 percent and unfavorable by 63 percent.
Senator Lisa Murkowski (left) already loses to GOP primary challenger after voting to convict former President Donald Trump (right) for instigating an uprising
On Monday, Kelly Tshibaka, Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Administration, announced that she would seek Murkowski’s Senate seat. Tshibaka leads Murkowski in an all-party primary, beating the incumbent by nearly 15 points
Alaska Department of Administration Commissioner Kelly Tshibaka launched a senate campaign on Monday, vying for the seat of Senator Lisa Murkowski. Tshibaka’s website describes her as a ‘fighter’ who exposed ‘waste, fraud and abuse’ and worked in Washington, DC for nearly 17 years
Politico Playbook first reported on poll Monday, but the survey was conducted in late March.
Then Tshibaka jumped into the race for the first time.
Bob Lochner, Murkowski’s challenger in 2016, already put on his hat, but was not included in the Cygnal survey.
Trump aimed at Murkowski in March, against Politico by no means would he endorse the failed Great State of Alaska candidate Lisa Murkowski.
“She represents the state poorly and her county worse,” Trump said. “I don’t know where other people will be next year, but I know where I’ll be – campaigning in Alaska against an unfaithful and very bad senator.”
Murkowski was one of seven GOP senators who voted to condemn Trump for instigating the January 6 uprising during his second impeachment trial.
He has publicly vowed to make them all pay, including listing all their names in his first major political speech since his tenure, at the Conservative Political Action Conference last month.
Tshibaka, whose run was first reported by Fox News, said she fled to represent a “new generation of conservatives in Alaska.”
Her views include being strict against immigration, pro-Second Amendment and anti-abortion.
Born in Alaska, Tshibaka attended high school in the state before attending Texas A&M University and then Harvard Law School, according to the Anchorage Daily News, who shared a copy of her resume when she was appointed by the Governor of Alaska to lead the Department of Administration in January 2019.
Bob Lochner, who ran against Murkowski in 2016, has also said he will face the Republican senator in the primaries next year.
She spent nearly 17 years in Washington, DC working for the federal government under the Bush administration, Obama and Trump.
Tshibaka worked for the Office of Inspector General of the US Postal Service, the Federal Trade Commission, the Director of National Intelligence and the Department of Justice.
The Anchorage Daily News also reported that she and her husband Niki are pastors and launched the Lighthouse Fellowship while in DC.
On her campaign website, Tshibaka describes herself as a ‘hunter’.
‘I fought hard to be the first in my family to get a university education and to study law. I have fought to expose waste, fraud and abuse in the government, and I will take that same fight to the United States Senate, where I will always defend Alaska’s values, ”Tshibaka said.
Murkowski has not officially announced a 2022 reelection bid, but she has fought Republican challengers before.
In 2010, when former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin backed Murkowski’s Tea Party challenger Joe Miller, Murkowski lost the Republican primaries but still won the general election race by launching a successful writing campaign.