Lisa Murkowski (R) has been declared the winner for U.S. Senate in Alaska, after trailing on the first ballot.
Murkowski, is projected to win re-election against another Republican opponent, Kelly Tshibaka.
BREAKING: 🔴 Lisa Murkowski (R) wins re-election to U.S. Senate from Alaska
— InteractivePolls (@IAPolls2022) November 24, 2022
🚨NEWS | Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) wins re-election after the ranked choice voting instant runoff tabulation. She defeats Trump-endorsed Republican challenger Kelly Tshibaka.
Final round results:
Murkowski (R-inc) 135,972
Tshibaka (R) 117,299 pic.twitter.com/a21iZi3wnc
— Jacob Rubashkin (@JacobRubashkin) November 24, 2022
Lisa Murkowski just won another Senate term in Alaska.
The Republican defeated a challenger backed by former President Donald Trump less than two years after Murkowski voted for conviction in Trump’s impeachment trial.https://t.co/e7GDsXyYN3 pic.twitter.com/6DHL5MqcJr
— POLITICO (@politico) November 24, 2022
In related news, Democrat Mary Peltola won re-election to her at-large House seat against Republican challenger Sarah Palin.
WE DID IT!!! pic.twitter.com/4fmBst6zGA
— Mary Peltola (@MaryPeltola) November 24, 2022
And it’s official. Mary Peltola (D) has defeated Sarah Palin (R) and will continue to represent Alaska in Congress.
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) November 24, 2022
BREAKING 🚨 Democrat Mary Peltola has officially won re-election to the House in Alaska’s at-large Congressional District. Sarah Palin has now lost twice to Peltola.
— PoliticsVerse 🇺🇸 (@PoliticsVerse) November 24, 2022
As ABC News noted, Alaska used a highly-controversial ranked-choice voting system in this year’s election:
ABC News reports that Alaska’s incumbent senator, Republican Lisa Murkowski, is projected to win reelection against another Republican opponent, Trump-backed Kelly Tshibaka, and that Democrat Rep. Mary Peltola, the first Alaska Native elected to Congress, is projected to win reelection to her at-large House seat against Republican challenger Sarah Palin.
The projections come after the Alaska Division of Elections on Wednesday night revealed the results of the state’s new ranked-choice voting system and are some of the last outstanding races of the 2022 midterm elections.
Even with the Murkowski projection, power in the Democrat-controlled U.S. Senate remains at 50-49 since the last remaining Senate candidates in Alaska were both Republicans. The final outcome of the seat count in the Senate will be determined by a Dec. 6 runoff election in Georgia between incumbent Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock and GOP challenger Herschel Walker.
With Peltola’s projected win, Democrats have 213 seats in a Republican-controlled House.
The unusually tight contests featured Murkowski, a moderate Republican who supports abortion rights and who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump, and Tshibaka, a staunch Trump supporter who previously served as a commissioner of the Alaska Department of Administration.
Kelly Tshibaka (R) has the most votes for Senator in Alaska, BUT she may still lose to RINO Murkowski due to the bizarre and undemocratic voting scheme they currently use there. It is a system that can be strongly manipulated. No Finals until Nov 23rd. Alaskans need to change it!
— Elvin Unleashed (@Elvin_Unleashed) November 9, 2022