Former President Donald Trump endorsed Republican Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy on Tuesday, but only on the condition that he backs Trump’s bitter fight to oust Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska).
Trump backed Dunleavy’s 2022 re-election campaign while warning the governor that he would withdraw his endorsement if he did not commit to “disapproving” of the three-term Republican senator. Murkowski was one of seven Republican senators who voted in January to impeach Trump for inciting an uprising on the US Capitol.
“Mike Dunleavy has been a strong and consistent Conservative since his time in the State of Alaska Senate“, Trump said in a statement. I proudly endorse his first Governor run and I proudly support his re-election. “
“He has my All and All endorsements but, this endorsement is subject to his disapproval of Senator Lisa Murkowski, who has been terrible for Alaska,” Trump added. . “In other words, if Mike endorses her, which is his prerogative, then my endorsement of him is void and has no further effect or effect!”
Murkowski, generally considered one of the more moderates of the Senate Republican Party member, to be censored by the Alaska Republican in March for voting in favor of impeaching Trump. She officially announced her re-election campaign in November and is facing at least three major Republican contenders.
trumpet authentication former Alaska Commissioner for Public Administration Kelly Tshibaka, a candidate who promoted gay conversion therapy and repeated false claims about fraud in the 2020 election, around the same time Murkowski announced his opinion. its determination.
Dunleavy’s re-election push now faces only one the Challenger from right, Delegate Christopher Kurka of Alaska. ONE poll released in November showed that former Alaska Governor Bill Walker, an independent, would defeat Dunleavy in a hypothetical four-way match.
While Trump’s endorsement of Tshibaka will likely weigh in on the former president’s support in Alaska, Murkowski’s defeat remains uncertain. The senator has shown resilience in the past, completing very rare miracle won as an enrollment candidate in 2010 after she lost a primary challenge.
ONE poll released in the summer, conducted with the assumption that ranked-choice voting would be used in the next election, found that Murkowski would defeat Tshibaka with relative ease in a race of four. hypothetical dimension.
Ranked choice voting will be conducted for Alaska’s 2022 election once the country is approved in a 2020 ballot measure. The measure has survived court challenge, though although the appeal is still pending. Supposedly by law, candidates would first participate in a nonpartisan primary, with the top four candidates advancing to a general election ranking contest.
Newsweek have reached out to Dunleavy and Murkowski’s offices for comment.
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