Lisa Murkowski wins re-election in Alaska, beating a Trump-backed rival

She has played a key role in negotiating several bipartisan compromises, including the $1 trillion infrastructure bill, which she has highlighted in multiple appearances in her state. Ms. Murkowski, one of only two Senate Republicans to support abortion rights, has expressed support for codifying abortion rights after the Supreme Court ruled Roe v. Wade had fallen and openly expressed her dismay at the decision.

Ms Tshibaka had sought to capitalize on Conservative anger against Ms Murkowski, who retained the support of Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell, the minority leader, and his allies. But the use of ranked voting, as well as an open primary system that sent the top four candidates to the general election regardless of party, has been advocated by some of their allies, in part to help centrist candidates like Ms Murkowski.

She secured more than 50 percent of the vote, as required under the new election law, in part because Democrats and others who voted for Ms. Chesbro placed Ms. Murkowski second on their ballots. Of the supporters who voted first for Ms. Chesbro, more than 20,500 chose Ms. Murkowski, while just over 2,200 chose Ms. Tshibaka.

State law allows mail-in ballots to be counted up to 15 days after Election Day if they are postmarked by then and mailed from outside the United States. Election officials decided to wait until all the ballots were counted before tabulating the ranked elections.

Since neither candidate appeared to have received more than 50 percent of the vote by Nov. 23 — 15 days after Election Day — Alaska election officials tabulated the next round of voting once all the ballots were tallied.

Ms. Murkowski has previously beaten back conservative challengers with the support of Democrats, centrists and Alaska Native voters, including in 2010 when she won a registered campaign. But in interviews she has admitted that this campaign had a different meaning as more centrists were expelled from her party’s extremes.

Because Republican votes are required to get a bill past the 60-vote filibuster threshold through the regular legislative process, Democrats will likely turn to Ms. Murkowski as a negotiating partner on must-pass spending bills and bills raising the cap on The nation required credit limit in an era of divided government coming in January.

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