Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski is one of the worst RINOs in the U.S. Senate, voting to impeach President Donald Trump over the Jan. 6 Fedsurrection, and against confirming Justice Brett Kavanaugh over fake rape charges 2018.
RINO Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell’s Super PAC Senate Leadership Fund “spent more than $5 million in ads attacking (Kelly) Tshibaka in a bid to help Murkowski win reelection,” the Washington Post reported.
Now, it seems, the chickens have come home to roost.
Donald-Trump-endorsed MAGA challenger Kelly Tshibaka currently leads ahead of Murkowski with 44.3% of the vote (89,538 votes) at 2 a.m. Pacfic time. Under Alaska’s ranked voting system, Murkowski has 42.7% of the first-choice votes (86,342 votes). Democrat Patricia Chesbro only received 9.1% (19,506 votes) so far.
“Murkowski, who had more than 42% of first-choice votes, could still overtake Tshibaka once second-choice votes are tallied in the ranked choice election,” Anchorage Daily News reports. “In order to win under Alaska’s new ranked choice voting system, a candidate must gain more than 50% of the vote. If no candidate crosses that threshold in first-choice votes, as appears to be the case in this race, the last-place candidate is eliminated and the second-choice votes of their supporters are tallied.”
In the Alaska House race, the ranked-voting system split the Republican ticket, just as many observers feared, with Sarah Palin receiving 53,202 votes (26.84%) and Nick Begich 48,800 (24.61%). That makes 102,002 Republican votes, split evenly between the two. Democrat Mary Peltola only received 92,773 votes (46.80%), but leads the pack.
“Under Alaska’s new ranked choice voting system, results aren’t final until a candidate has garnered more than 50% of votes. If the leading candidate doesn’t cross that threshold, the winner will be determined by second- and third-choice votes, which will be tallied by election officials on Nov. 23”, Anchorage Daily News explains.
“How a Democrat Won a State With Just 12% Dem Voters,” Daily Beast wrote about Alaska’s messed-up ranked voting system, as if that was a good thing.