Lisa Murkowski dismisses 'lower 48 outsiders' as she announces 2022 bid

Lisa Murkowski dismisses 'lower 48 outsiders' as she announces 2022 bid


Sen. Lisa Murkowski is running for reelection in 2022, shrugging off opposition from former President Donald Trump and the Alaska Republican Party.

The third-term Republican’s political prospects are bolstered by Alaska’s new voting laws. Rather than having to face the state GOP-endorsed Kelly Tshibaka in a closed nominating contest, Murkowski is running in an open jungle primary. The top four finishers in that August race will advance to a November general election decided by ranked-choice voting. Under these parameters, Murkowski is competitive — despite her falling out with Trump and his grassroots supporters.

Murkowski revealed her plans Friday in a campaign video.

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“Lisa Murkowski puts Alaska first,” the video’s voice-over declares in a phrase that recalls the “America First” slogan popularized by Trump

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