Former President Donald Trump dropped the hammer on Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for funding Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s (R-AK) reelection bid against Kelly Tshibaka with $9 million rather than put that money on swing state races.
Trump said: “Kelly Tshibaka is doing very well in Alaska, probably leading horrendously bad Senator Lisa Murkowski, a Republican (barely!).
“The Democrat has no chance, and yet the Old Broken Crow, Mitchell McConnell, is authorizing $9 Million Dollars to be spent in order to beat a great Republican, Kelly, instead of $9 Million Dollars that could be used for Blake Masters, and other Republicans, that with this money would beat their Democrat opponent.
“Isn’t it ironic?”
The race between Tshibaka and Murkowski is close but respected poll aggregator FiveThirtyEight is predicting a Tshibaka victory.
According to Fox News:
A Republican has roughly a 99% chance to win next month’s Alaska senate election, with Republican challenger Kelly C. Tshibaka considered mostly likely to emerge with the victory at 53%, according to election forecaster FiveThirtyEight.
Tshibaka, a Trump-backed Republican challenger who previously served as a commissioner of the Alaska Department of Administration, is currently locked in a tight battle with Murkowski after the incumbent senator generated controversy by supporting the impeachment of former President Trump.
“Our campaign has conducted polling throughout this race, and we remain very confident in our internal numbers. Alaskans took a public poll in August when they voted in the primary, a primary where Lisa beat Kelly Tshibaka by 7 points,” campaign spokesperson Shea Siegert said.
According to The Anchorage Daily News:
A long-planned ad-buy from the Senate Leadership Fund has joined the chorus, flooding Alaska television, radio and the internet with attacks on Tshibaka for what they call fraud and wasteful spending during her time working for federal and state government.
Tshibaka spent most of her career working for various federal agencies in Washington, D.C., before moving to Alaska for a two-year stint as the commissioner of the Department of Administration.
The Senate Leadership Fund is associated with Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.
McConnell is supporting Murkowski’s re-election bid against her Trump-backed challenger.
His support comes after McConnell and Murkowski have butted heads. McConnell more recently has said it’s “important” for Murkowski to win against Tshibaka.