Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski to run for reelectionAlaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski is one of seven Republican senators to vote to convict former President Donald Trump in his impeachment trial last January.
In a video announcing her decision, Murkowski asserted that "lower 48 outsiders are going to try and grab Alaska's Senate seat. ... They couldn't care less about your future."
Lisa Murkowski for Alaska via YouTube
That was a thinly veiled shot at her Trump-endorsed GOP opponent, Kelly Tshibaka, former commissioner of Alaska's Department of Administration. The state Republican Party supports Tshibaka, too, and she is slated to hold a fundraiser at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in February hosted by the former president.
But Murkowski has the support of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, and has received campaign contributions from the Bluegrass PAC, aligned with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
She won reelection in 2010 running as a write-in candidate, after losing the GOP primary. Alaska now has a nonpartisan primary, and the top four finishers in the state primary will face each other in the general election, which is a ranked-choice vote.
Correction Nov. 12, 2021
An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that the top two finishers in Alaska's primary would face each other in a runoff. In fact, the top four finishers in the primary will face each other in the general election.