Alaska’s Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski and Trump-endorsed fellow Republican Kelly Tshibaka have advanced to the general election from Tuesday’s primary, according to preliminary results.
While the votes are still being tabulated, the two GOP candidates have clearly earned two of the slots in the race that will see only the top four vote-getters among a total of 19 candidates in Alaska’s open primaries advance to the November election.
Murkowski leads ahead of Tshibaka with 42.7 percent of the vote against the former commissioner in Alaska’s Department of Administration’s 41.4 percent, according to the latest results from the Associated Press.
The two other slots have not yet been decided, but at the moment it appears that Democrat Patricia Chesbro has the next highest number of votes, at 6.2 percent.
It’s the first time that the state is implementing the nonpartisan pick-one primary election system voters approved in the 2020 general election.
In a traditional GOP primary, Murkowski might have been defeated by Trump’s pick Tshibaka, like Liz Cheney loss to Trump’s revenge candidate Harriet Hageman in Wyoming.
The general election in November will be conducted by ranked-choice voting.
This is a breaking news story and will be later updated.
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