Lisa Murkowski and Kelly Tshibaka Advance in Alaska’s Senate Contest

Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, a centrist Republican seeking a fourth full term in Washington, advanced to the general election along with her chief rival, Kelly Tshibaka, in the state’s Senate primary race, according to The Associated Press.

Ms. Murkowski and Ms. Tshibaka each earned enough votes to advance to the general election in the fall as part of Alaska’s new open primary system. Ms. Murkowski is hoping to fend off a conservative backlash over her vote in the Senate to convict former President Donald J. Trump of inciting the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol.

With an estimated 50 percent of the vote reported, Ms. Murkowski and Ms. Tshibaka were neck and neck at just over 40 percent apiece. The nearest rival after them was in the single digits.

Ballots are still being counted, and two other candidates will also advance as part of the state’s top-four system, but it was unclear which two.

Ms. Murkowski, 65, is the only Senate Republican on the ballot this year who…

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This article was written by Emily Cochrane and originally published on www.nytimes.com