With the former governor, Sarah Palin losing her race for a House seat and Sen. Lisa Murkowski fending off a challenge from a Trump-backed candidate, the outcome of the midterm elections in Alaska served as the latest rebuke to the former president.
The results of Alaska’s ranked-choice voting, announced by the state’s election agency on Wednesday, highlighted problems with electability that plagued pro-Trump Republicans across the country during this year’s midterm elections.
They might have also been influenced by Kentucky Republican Mitch McConnell, the minority leader in the Senate, whose relationship with the former president is tense.
In her contest with Kelly Tshibaka, whom Trump and the Alaska GOP favored, McConnell supported the centrist Murkowski.
When Trump was put on trial for impeachment last year, Murkowski was the lone Senate Republican to vote in favor of conviction.
Trump will now face voters in this year’s midterm elections.
Trump, rumored to be at odds with McConnell, announced his most recent presidential run last week, but he came out of the midterm elections looking hurt.
His preferred candidates had difficulty, and GOP strategists claimed that he brought his party to ruin.
Alaska, a state recognized for its high proportion of independent voters, was not the most Trump-friendly state in previous elections.
Before he was the inspiration for the attack on the United States on January 6, 2021, the former president won The Last Frontier in 2016 and 2020 by double-digit margins.
According to unofficial results released by Alaska’s Division of Elections, Murkowski defeated Tshibaka by roughly seven percentage points, and Democratic Rep. Mary Peltola defeated Palin by approximately 10 points in the midterm elections.