Lisa Murkowski Wins Re-election in Alaska, Beating a Trump-Backed Rival

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According to The Associated Press on Wednesday, Alaska senator Lisa Murkowski, a centrist Republican won a fourth term.  

She overcame a conservative backlash and her vote to indict former President Donald J. Trump for incitement to insurrection following the Capitol riot of Jan. 6, 2021 

After securing over 50 percent of the votes, Ms. Murkowski was declared the winner. This threshold is required by the state's ranked-choice system 

Kelly Tshibaka was a conservative opponent supported by Mr. Trump's state Republican Party and Pat Chesbro who is a Democrat.

Although Democrats still control the Senate, Murkowski has the potential to be a pivotal swing voter in the chamber. 

She also holds significant seniority on both the Senate Indian Affairs Committee (which controls funding for government agencies) and the Appropriations Committee (which controls funding for government). 

The outcome of the Senate runoff election in Georgia, Dec. 6, will decide if the upper chamber is evenly divided or if Democrats will win a 51st spot.