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Alaska’s Murkowski, Peltola win re-election in latest Trump rebuke

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Republican Senator Lisa Markowski stands with supporters on US election night at the corner of Seward Highway and Northern Lights Boulevard in Anchorage, Alaska, November 8.Kelly Tasker/Reuters

Republican Senator Lisa Markowski and Democratic Rep. Mary Peltra of Alaska won re-election Wednesday against opponents backed by Donald Trump.

Peltra and Murkowski took the lead after Alaska officials finished counting all votes from the Nov. 8 election using the state’s new “ranked choice” system.

Murkowski, 65, has represented Alaska in the Senate since 2002 and has developed an independent profile as one of the House’s few centrists.

She is a Trump advocate after Trump supporters attacked the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, to stop Congress from proving Democrat Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory. He was the first Republican senator to request his resignation. She later voted to impeach Trump, a Republican.

“Thank you, Alaska. I am honored that Alaskans from all regions, backgrounds, and political affiliations have once again given me the confidence to continue working with them on their behalf in the United States Senate,” Markowski said. wrote on Twitter.

Peltra, the first Alaska Native to be elected to Congress, defeated two Republicans, former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin and businessman Nick Begich.

Former Governor Palin is a polarizing figure within the Republican Party. Her vice presidential election in 2008 heralded the US Tea Party era in politics and helped pave the way for Trump to win the White House.

Murkowski and Peltola each received multiple votes and would have won even under Alaska’s old election rules.

The rank selection system eliminates the candidate with the lowest percentage of votes at each round of tallying and redistributes the first ranked ballots. After all votes are tallied, the candidate with the majority of votes wins.

After Pertola’s victory over the same two candidates in August’s special election, both Trump-backed Palin and Begic put pressure on each other to give remaining Republicans a chance to beat the Democrats. .

But each refused, arguing that their conservatism would be more popular with Alaskan voters. This state has one of the highest percentages of independent voters in the country.

The results of the races were widely expected given the political tendencies of the votes not cast for the top two candidates in each race.

Nonetheless, on the first day of the 2024 presidential election, after his favorite candidates were defeated in several other major campaigns, particularly in the Pennsylvania and Arizona senatorial races, they voted for Trump. is an eyesore for the brand.

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