Pro-Life Alaska Senate candidate Kelly Tshibaka has advanced to the November runoff election against incumbent pro-abortion senator Lisa Murkowski.
With roughly 63% of the vote in, Murkowski held a very slight lead in the ranked primary (42.4% to 41.8%) over former Department of Administration Commissioner Kelly Tshibaka. Democrat Patricia Chesbro came in third with 6.2%, meaning that she will also advance to the November election.
For 20-year incumbent Murkowski, the unimpressive showing Tuesday could open the door to an even harder push to get Tshibaka over the finish line knowing she is well within striking distance.
leading pro-life groups are also lining up for Tshibaka. Citing her “solid, conservative values,” Alaska Family Action issued its endorsement of her last year.
“Kelly Tshibaka has the right fusion of solid, conservative values, along with the real-world experience to actually get things accomplished,” said Chris Brown, Board Chairman for Alaska Family Action. “Tshibaka will unapologetically defend Alaska and Alaskan values in Washington, D.C.”
AFA President Jim Minnery stated that Tshibaka offers a refreshing alternative to Murkowski and her left-wing voting record.
“More and more Alaskans are recognizing that Lisa Murkowski simply doesn’t represent our values on Capitol Hill,” Minnery said. “Murkowski is one of the few Republicans who voted to defend horrific late-term abortions, and she’s voted to send our taxpayer dollars to Planned Parenthood.”
Minnery said Murkowski’s voting record is disturbing to many Alaskans.
“Murkowski was the only Republican in the entire Senate who caved to leftist pressure and opposed the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court,” he said. “Yet at the same time, she’s happily voted to confirm some of President Biden’s most radical appointees to key positions. Murkowski was also one of just three Republicans to vote against repealing the disastrous Obamacare law. On issue after issue, Murkowski sides with left-wing special interest groups and against working Alaska families.”
AFA Board Chair Chris Brown applauded Tshibaka for her strong commitments to pro-family public policies. “For some politicians, issues like pro-life or religious freedom are just useful wedge issues that come up at election time, but are ignored the rest of the time,” Brown said. “In contrast, Kelly Tshibaka truly understands that our nation won’t be great unless vulnerable life is defended, religious liberty is protected, and families are strengthened. We’re very excited to endorse Kelly and urge all pro-family Alaskans to join forces and help her win this crucial race.”
Tshibaka won the endorsement of the Alaska Republican Party, and she won it handily.
Murkowski has the legacy of her name going for her, though. Her father, Frank Murkowski who preceded her in the senate, appointed her as his replacement in 2002. Although she lost the Republican primary in 2010, she nevertheless won the general election through a write-in campaign.