Alaska GOP senator trailing Republican challenger by double digits after voting to convict Trump

by Joel Abbott · Apr 6th, 2021 3:43 pm

Last Updated Apr 8th, 2021 at 9:04 pm

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) is experiencing a decline in support after voting to convict former President Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial, trailing Republican challenger Kelly Tshibaka by 15 points in a Monday poll.

Tshibaka – who currently serves as the Alaska Department of Administration Commissioner led Murkowski in an all-party primary poll 33.6% to 18.8%. Independent Al Gross had 17.6% of the vote.

Murkowski was one of seven GOP senators who voted in February to convict Trump for his involvement in the riot at the U.S. Capitol in January. Trump blasted Murkowski for the move in March.

"She represents the state badly and her county even worse," he said. "I do not know where other people will be next year, but I know where I will be – in Alaska campaigning against a disloyal and very bad Senator."

Murkowski has served in the Senate since 2002 when her father first appointed her to his seat. She currently only has a 10% approval rating among Republicans, but has fended off primary challengers before.

She is up for reelection in 2022.

Tshibaka is an Alaskan native who graduated from Harvard Law. She worked in D.C. for 17 years before she was appointed to her current role in 2019.


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