Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin shockingly lost Alaska’s special election to Democrat Mary Peltola by just 5,300 votes in August.
The election only decided who would occupy the At-Large Congressional seat for five months, however, as Peltola will be forced to hold her seat this November in the upcoming midterm elections.
Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) has been known to break ranks with Senate Republicans in key votes during her 21-year tenure as Senator.
Now, she publicly stated that she will rank Democrat Mary Peltola first in Alaska’s newly created ranked-choice voting system.
The news came just days after it was revealed that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was using millions of dollars from the Senate’s leadership fund to back Murkowski against Trump-endorsed America First challenger Kelly Tshibaka.
— Leigh Ann Caldwell (@LACaldwellDC) October 22, 2022
Twenty-one-year incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) has said she will vote for Democrat House candidate Rep. Mary Peltola (D-AK) over Republican challenger former Gov. Sarah Palin.
“Yeah, I am,” Murkowski responded Friday when asked by the Anchorage Daily News if she would vote for the Democrat.
Alaska uses the ranked-choice voting system, which ultimately affords Democrat voters the opportunity to vote for Murkowski on the second and third ballots. Murkowski’s decision to vote for a Democrat is likely intended to attract more votes down-ballot to ultimately defeat Trump-endorsed Senate Republican candidate Kelly Tshibaka, who is leading in the polls by a slim margin.
A recent video exposed a Murkowski aide who said the 2020 ballot initiative to decide whether to institute ranked choice voting in Alaska was pushed by people who “wanted Lisa to get reelected.”
In a recent podcast interview, Palin warned that ranked-choice voting would “elect Democrats and destroy our country.”