Kelly Tshibaka asked the Alaska Republican Party State Central Committee for its endorsement today for U.S. Senate. The State Central Committee debated the question on procedural matters briefly, and quickly took a vote.
By a margin of 58-17, Tshibaka won that endorsement handily. The support for her Senate candidacy was over 77 percent of those voting, with just five voting members abstaining.
Tshibaka announced her challenge to Sen. Lisa Murkowski on March 29, two weeks after the Alaska Republican Party had voted — by the same 77 percent — to censure Murkowski over her history of actions that have been counter to the platform and interests of the Republican Party. However, the 58 votes to endorse Tshibaka was greater than the 53 votes in March to censure Murkowski.
“I am grateful and thrilled to have the strong support of the Alaska Republican Party, which voted overwhelmingly to endorse my candidacy for the U.S. Senate,” she said. “We all share a unified goal: to promote the principles upon which our country and state were founded. I have pledged that I will be true to our shared, conservative Alaska ideals and be a senator upon whom they can depend to make every decision based on what is best for our great state.”
Over the past several weeks leading up to the Republicans’ quarterly meeting, several Republican districts voted to endorse Tshibaka, and earlier this month she was endorsed by former President Donald Trump.
“We now move forward with a united front, determined to defend Alaska from the continued onslaught of the radical Biden administration. We need a senator who will stand with Alaskans and not cozy up to the Washington, D.C. insiders, a senator who has earned the trust of the people and strives to keep it every day. It is time for conservative leaders, with courage and common sense, to rise together across the nation. I am honored to be endorsed as that candidate for Alaska,” Tshibaka said.