There is one senator above all others that Donald Trump wants to defeat in 2022.
But it’s an open question as to what the political environment will look like in 2022.
And this senator that Trump targeted for defeat just got some head-turning poll numbers.
Donald Trump’s wanted to recruit a primary challenger to oust RINO Senator Lisa Murkowski who opposed Brett Kavanaugh’s 2018 Supreme Court confirmation.
Murkowski then infuriated conservatives by voting to convict Trump in the Democrats’ second sham impeachment trial that was conducted after Trump left office.
But it was after Murkowski voted to confirm radical left-wing Congresswoman Deb Haaland as Joe Biden’s interior secretary that Trump announced he would specifically target Murkowski for defeat in 2022.
“I will not be endorsing, under any circumstances, the failed candidate from the great State of Alaska, Lisa Murkowski. She represents her state badly and her country even worse. I do not know where other people will be next year, but I know where I will be — in Alaska campaigning against a disloyal and very bad Senator,” Trump declared.
Murkowski received a primary challenger when former Alaska Commissioner of Administration Kelly Tshibaka announced she would run in 2022.
A poll commissioned by Tshibaka’s campaign showed Tshibaka leading Murkowski by double digits in the state’s new all-party primary system.
The survey also showed Murkowski with a ten percent favorable rating among Republicans and 87 percent disapproving.
The Washington Examiner reported the polling memo, stating:
In the new all-party primary construct, Senator Lisa Murkowski faces a very weak image with voters (33% fav / 63%unfav) and negative opinion is especially elevated with Republicans(10% fav /87% unfav). Kelly Tshibaka leads from the outset ina hypothetical primary ballot for US Senate, before any message testing. Tshibaka’s ballot score peaks among Trump voters (61%),Republicans (61%), and conservatives (59%).
Lisa Murkowski is in as weak of a position as an incumbent could possibly find themselves in. A strong Republican candidate is poised to defeat Murkowski. Kelly Tshibaka is that candidate.
Last fall Alaska voters approved a ballot measure thought to benefit Murkowski.
Under the new system, all candidates will compete in one primary with the top-four finishers—regardless of party—advancing to the general election where voters will use “ranked-choice voting”—which asks them to list the candidates in order of preference.
If no candidate secures 50 percent of the vote in the initial count, the candidate whose first and second choice totals add up to 50 percent wins.
In 2010, Murkowski lost a GOP primary to Tea Party challenger Joe Miller only to win the general election as a write-in candidate.
This new, top-fourranked-choice system was thought to benefit Murkowski.
But if Murkowski’s standing with the GOP is just ten percent approval, she may not be able to pull off another win where the Republican Party does not support her.
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