In Alaska’s first ranked-choice election, the leader on election night may not be the ultimate winner.
Next week’s primary election will pare the list of 10 candidates to four, and it’s unlikely that Kurka and Pierce can both survive.
The Republican Party’s Central Committee agreed to endorse Begich ahead of the state convention in Fairbanks.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee, the party’s campaign arm devoted to getting and keeping Republican senators in office, is supporting Murkowski.
The Alaska Republican Party’s central committee passed a long resolution on Saturday criticizing the state’s senior U.S. senator for taking multiple anti-Trump positions.
She acknowledged that the Alaska Republican Party may censure her for her vote to convict Trump. She said she put her obligation to support the Constitution first.
In 2022, it won’t be just Republican voters who decide whether Murkowski should advance to the November ballot.
Ads opposing Measure 2 identified John Sturgeon, Mark Begich and Sean Parnell as two of the ‘No on 2’ campaign’s top contributors. But once the ads aired, the Alaska Republican Party and other groups had contributed more than 100 times as much.
Ballot Measure 2, would mandate more transparency about who’s funding independent spending groups that operate in Alaska’s elections — but its two most ambitious provisions target the election process itself.
Ketchikan election officials say more than a dozen registered voters were mailed absentee ballot envelopes with the wrong return address.