Murkowski defeats Trump-backed challenger in Alaska Senate race

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) is projected to win her bid for reelection to the U.S. Senate, defeating fellow Republican Kelly Tshibaka.

The race was called by Associated Press shortly after 8 p.m.

Murkowski won with the state’s new ranked choice voting According to the AP neither Tshibaka or she received more than half of the first-choice vote votes. In the second round, the incumbent took the win with 53.7 percent of the vote, to Tshibaka’s 46.3 percent.

Murkowski, a member of the upper chamber who has been serving since 2002, was rebuked by former President Trump for voting to convict Trump in his second impeachment case.

Trump Tschibaka was subsequently supported In a High-profile attempt to remove the incumbentwho he has called “worse than a Democrat.”

The results of the race took weeks to announce due to Alaska’s newly introduced ranked choice voting system, in which voters rank their candidates by preference.

The new system allows candidates to win the first round of voting if they receive more than 50 percent of the vote. If no candidate meets that threshold, a second round takes place, in which the candidate that received the fewest votes is eliminated, and the votes of those who voted for the eliminated candidate are redistributed to voters’ next choice for the seat.

The process continues until one candidate has received at least 50 percent of the vote.

The new system allowed both Murkowski and Tshibaka to be on the midterm ballot, even though they’re both Republican contenders.

Democrat Pat Chesbro was another candidate in the ring. Despite being on the ballot, Buzz Kelley, a Republican, was there. He has now suspended his campaign Tshibaka can be endorsed

Updated at 8 :38 p.m.

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