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Trump endorses Murkowski challenger in 2022 Senate race

PoliticsJun 18, 2021 06:56PM ET
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2/2 © Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, listens during a U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing in Washington, U.S., March 18, 2021. Susan Walsh/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo 2/2

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By David Morgan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Former President Donald Trump on Friday endorsed Republican challenger Kelly Tshibaka against Senator Lisa Murkowski, the three-term Republican incumbent who voted to convict him after his second impeachment trial earlier this year.

Tshibaka, the former state administration commissioner, launched her campaign in March with a vow to defeat Murkowski in the 2022 election and has already enlisted the help of former Trump advisers.

"Lisa Murkowski is bad for Alaska," Trump said in a statement. "Murkowski has got to go! Kelly Tshibaka is the candidate who can beat Murkowski - and she will."

Trump also said he would campaign for Tshibaka in Alaska.

A Murkowski spokeswoman was not immediately available for comment.

Murkowski, 64, was appointed in 2002 and is seeking a fourth six-year term in the Senate. She lost her Republican primary in 2010 to a Tea Party candidate but mounted a successful write-in campaign in that year's general election.

Next year, she and Tshibaka would run against all Senate candidates in an open, all-party primary.

Republicans are hoping to reclaim their Senate majority, which they lost with the defeat of two Georgia incumbents in a pair of January runoff elections. Many Republicans blame the double upset on intraparty divisions sown by Trump's failed drive to overturn Democratic President Joe Biden's 2020 presidential victory.

"I am honored and grateful to have the support of the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump," Tshibaka tweeted. She also used Trump's endorsement to solicit money for her campaign.

Murkowski voted to convict Trump of inciting the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot, in which his supporters attacked Congress in an effort to stop certification of the 2020 election. The Alaska Republican Party later censured Murkowski and pledged to recruit a challenger to oppose her.

Trump endorses Murkowski challenger in 2022 Senate race
 

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Ad Cline Jun 19, 2021 3:49AM ET
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Kelly is a far right true believer, who supports inserection and sidition, and a twice impeached President who is being investigated for tax fraud, banking fraud, and election fraud. why would any law abiding citizen support a women like that for senator.
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Silence Dogood Jun 19, 2021 3:49AM ET
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The Biden crime family came to illegitimate power with the support of traitorous fascists who conspired to steal the 2020 election. These traitors control the FBI, 90% of America’s media, and the majority of our justice department. The illegitimate vegetable in chief is guilty of collusion, influence peddling, and other felonious crimes. Now the hilarious crack head son is selling his “paintings” for a half a million a pop, but won’t say to who. President Trump was never convicted of a single thing despite the feeble and fake “impeachment trials”. He won’t be convicted of a thing either. The traitorous fascists supporting the RINO Murkowski will send millions to Alaska trying to steal another election, but I doubt any amount of dem money can save her. She’s a complete fake and a hopeless liar.
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Tre Hsi Jun 19, 2021 3:49AM ET
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Silence Dogood  so Biden is the all powerful criminal genius mastermind instead of the sleepy grandpa with dementia?  that's the latest version of attack is that it?  good to know.....
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Silence Dogood Jun 19, 2021 3:10AM ET
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Kelly is awesome. Good call on the President’s part.
 
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