Trump supporters in Alaska expressed a general sense of disenfranchisement with Lisa Murkowski, one of those most moderate Republican lawmakers in the U.S. Senate, as they gathered Saturday afternoon for a rally in Anchorage.
‘She doesn’t represent Alaskans anymore – what we want,’ a woman, who traveled from a town around Seward, Alaska told DailyMail.com as she waited to gain entrance to the rally.
Former President Donald Trump is making his first ever rally stop in Alaska – jetting to the Last Frontier State directly from Las Vegas, Nevada after holding a rally there Friday evening to stump for Murkowski’s primary challenger Kelly Tshibaka and House candidate Sarah Palin.
He will also rally for Mike Dunleavy in his bid for reelection to the governor’s mansion.
Several other rally goers and Alaskans from all over the state dining in Anchorage over the weekend agreed that Murkowski was not representative of the Republican Party.
Former President Donald Trump is making his first ever rally stop in Alaska – jetting to the Last Frontier State directly from Las Vegas, Nevada after holding a rally there Friday evening to stump for Murkowski’s primary challenger Kelly Tshibaka and House candidate Satah Palin
An Alaska Survey Research poll taken July 2-5 shows Murkowski with 52 percent support to Tshibaka’s 48 percent. But an average of the polling in the state shows the two slightly closer with just 3 percent separating the two
As well as rallying for Kelly Tshibaka and Sara Palin in Anchorage on Saturday, Trump will also rally for Mike Dunleavy in his bid for reelection to the governor’s mansion. Pictured: Trump at a rally in Las Vegas on Friday
Trump supporters have rallied in Anchorage, Alaska ahead of former President Donald Trump’s arrival
Masked-up Trump supporters are seen waiting to get into the rally in Anchorage
My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell poses with a Trump supporter ahead of the rally
One Democratic Anchorage resident who identified himself as only Dan told DailyMail.com while dining at Snow City Cafe Saturday morning that he would cast his ballot for Murkowski now that the state has switched over to an open election system. The 47-year-old said that it’s better to have an ‘anti-Trump’ Republican in Congress than risk wasting his vote on a Democrat who would likely go on to ‘lose the general election.’
Alaska went red for Trump in 2020 by an exact 10 percent margin and in 2016 by a 14.7 percent margin.
A handful of voters, most of whom did not want to identify themselves, told DailyMail.com that while they support Trump and Palin, they would still cast their ballot for Murkowski in the primary election.
An Alaska Survey Research poll taken July 2-5 shows Murkowski with 52 percent support to Tshibaka’s 48 percent. But an average of the polling in the state shows the two slightly closer with just 3 percent separating the two.
The same polling group shows Palin consistently trailing Republican primary candidate Nick Begich, who is also vying to fill Young’s seat. The competitor ties or pulls ahead of Palin by 1-2 percentage points.
Begich has capital among Alaska Republicans. He served as a co-chair for Young’s final reelection campaign in 2020.
Supporters in the stands of the Alaska Airlines Center on the campus of the University of Alaska Anchorage cheered wildly for Palin as she entered the arena a few hours before Trump’s arrival time.
Trump supporters in Alaska expressed a general sense of disenfranchisement with US Senator Lisa Murkowski
People at the ‘Save America’ rally on Saturday wait as the auditorium fills up
Trump supporters waited in long lines to enter the arena in Anchorage
The arena has 5,000 seat capacity and included standing room Saturday for supporters to get close to the former president. The seating capacity was nowhere close to at capacity as the upper deck of the in-door arena remained nearly fully empty after the time programming was set to begin.
Trump backed Palin in her special election run to replace late Representative Don Young, who was the U.S. congressman for Alaska’s at-large House district from 1973 until his death in March 2022.
The former president is finally making a trek to the 49th state now that the House, one Senate and the governor’s seat are all open simultaneously. The move also comes as part of his revenge tour as he pushes his 2022 midterm candidates especially hard against incumbents who voted for his impeachment.
Current junior Senator Dan Sullivan was reelected for a second term in 2020.
Trump supporters in Alaska are trying to once again propel Palin to office – she served as governor from 2006-2009 and mayor of Wasilla, Alaska from 1996 to 2002.
The Alaska primary election will be held later in the summer on August 16 before November’s primaries will decide who will serve Alaska’s at-large House district as well as if Murkowski will continue to represent the state in the Senate and if Dunleavy will keep his seat in the governor’s mansion.
Murkowski is the second-most senior Republican woman senator – falling behind only fellow moderate Susan Collins of Maine. Both hold crucial swing votes in the upper chamber, especially with a 50-50 split Senate with a Democrat tie-breaker.
The daughter of former Alaskan governor and U.S. Senator Frank Murkowski, the senior senator was controversially first appointed to her seat in December 2002 by her father when he resigned to become governor of the state.
She completed her father’s term in January 2005 and started her first full term, which she was elected for in November 2004.
Despite the perceived nepotism, Murkowski, 65, is a widely popular name in Alaska – and she likely would have risen to the Senate even if her father did not appoint her to the post. She is only the second ever U.S. senator, after Strom Thurmond in 1954, to be elected by write-in vote in the 2010 election.
Murkowski is now looking to earn a fourth term in office – but it’s looking increasingly likely that she could be booted from her seat.
August’s primary elections are the first Murkowski has to face since she was one of the seven Republican senators who voted to convict Trump in his second impeachment trial. This led to Murkowski’s censure by the Alaska Republican Party.
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