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Alaskan Tshibaka: “Other States Would Have Been Better Off” With Mcconnell’s Millions
Kelly Tshibaka, an Alaskan Republican supported by former President Trump, attributes her inability to unseat centrist Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. The election was conceded on Wednesday by Tshibaka, a former official from the state of Alaska after the most recent round of vote tallies showed Murkowski winning.
As a result of Alaska’s ranked-choice voting method, which distributes the vote share to the top two candidates following a process of elimination, the election took weeks to be called. While Tsibaka attributed her defeat to ranked-choice voting, calling it an “incumbent protection program” and aggravating, she also said McConnell shared some of the blame.
“It is disappointing that Sen. Mitch McConnell spent millions of dollars on false advertising in this campaign to get what he wanted—a Senate minority that he can control as opposed to a majority that he could not—,” she stated. “Donor funds would have been better used in other states to elect more Republicans, securing a majority in the Senate,”.
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Sen. Mitch McConnell and former President Trump were seen to be engaged in a proxy war in the Alaska election. Tshibaka claimed that Murkowski’s triumph over her was mere “another victory for the insiders in Washington, D.C., who hardly ever have our best interests at heart.”
Many people believed that the election in Alaska was a proxy conflict between McConnell and Trump. The former president wanted to punish Murkowski for supporting his conviction following his impeachment for allegedly encouraging the assault on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.
Thank you, Alaska. I am honored that Alaskans – of all regions, backgrounds and party affiliations – have once again granted me their confidence to continue working with them and on their behalf in the U.S. Senate. I look forward to continuing the important work ahead of us.
— Lisa Murkowski (@LisaForSenate) November 24, 2022
Kelly Tshibaka stated, “It is disappointing that Sen. Mitch McConnell spent millions of dollars on false advertisements in this election to get what he wanted. At a rally in Alaska in July, Trump described Murkowski as “a total creature of the Washington swamp, but much worse than that, and a tool of a corrupt establishment, the likes of which we’ve never seen.” She is adored by the false news media.
The man who will control the Senate for the longest period of time in history, McConnell, lined up behind Murkowski. The action essentially followed the Kentucky Republican Party’s well-known policy of backing incumbents.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski said, “I am honored that Alaskans of all areas, backgrounds, and political affiliations have again given me their confidence to work with them and on their behalf in the U.S. Senate.” (Campaign for Lisa Murkowski’s re-election).
Murkowski was supported extensively by money from a super PAC affiliated with McConnell and other political organizations. The Center for Responsive Politics reports that outside groups spent close to $7 million criticizing Tshibaka and just over $6 million praising Murkowski’s achievements.
Murkowski said that building a varied coalition of Republicans, independents, and even some Democrats was the foundation of her victory. She added, “I am honored that Alaskans of all areas, backgrounds, and political affiliations have once again placed their trust in me to serve with them and on their behalf in the U.S. Senate. I’m eager to continue the crucial job that lies ahead.