With a new piece of news, a top Republican primary challenge backed by Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski and former President Donald Trump will turn to the general election NBC projects.
Murkowski and Kelly Tshibaka, former Alaska Department of Administration commissioners, both Democrat Patricia Chesbrough, will go ahead with NBC projects that it is too early to call a fourth candidate in the contest.
Alaska has a top-four primary threshold as part of the state’s rank choice voting system that was adopted in 2020 through a ballot measure — just in time for Murkowski who is expected to emerge from Tuesday’s primary race as the clear favorite.
Both Trump and the Republican Party of Alaska backed Shibaka over Murkowski for the Senate seat. Trump strongly criticized Murkowski while he was president, saying in 2018 that he would vote against his second Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.
Trump, the de facto leader of the Republican Party, vowed to campaign against Murkowski after he joined six other Republican senators in voting to convict Trump of inciting the Capitol riot on January 6.
Trump said at the time that I don’t know where the others will be next year, but I do know that I am campaigning against a treacherous and very bad senator in Alaska.