Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) has won reelection, Fending off a challenge by a far-right Republican Former President Donald Trump backed it.

MurkowskiShe will now be entering her fourth term as a member of the Senate, defeated Kelly Tshibaka in the third round of her state’s new system of ranked-choice voting. She also defeated Patricia Chesbro, a Democrat. Murkowski With nearly 54%.

“Thank you, Alaska,” Murkowski Statement Wednesday night. “I am honored that Alaskans ― of all regions, backgrounds and party affiliations ― have once again granted me their confidence to continue working with them and on their behalf in the U.S. Senate. I look forward to continuing the important work ahead of us.”

It took over two weeks. Alaska The final results will be tallied by election officials. It was not surprising.

Under the state’s new system of elections, voters ranked their top four candidates — regardless of party affiliation — in the order of whom they wanted to win. Their second, third and fourth choices were only factored in if their first and later choices finished last and didn’t make it to the next round. The election was over when one candidate received more than half of the votes.

Because neither Murkowski Neither Tshibaka nor Tshibaka received 50% of the vote after the first-choice count. Election officials then added second choice choices. The end result was: Murkowski He was the first person to receive a majority vote.

The Alaska senator, who regularly wins elections by catering to a broad base of moderate Republicans, independents and Democrats, certainly benefited from the state’s new election system, which voters approved in 2020. She had to get at least one of the top four votes to move up in the primary. In the general election MurkowskiWho is perhaps the most moderate? Republican in today’s Senate, was well positioned to pick up more votes across party lines as voters’ second- and third-ranked choices were factored in.

Murkowski Trump had made her a primary target for his defeat. He has been vowing that he will unseat her since she was one seven Republicans who voted for him to be convicted for inciting the Jan. 6, 2020 insurrection. Trump frequently attacks her. went to Alaska in July Tshibaka is a far-right social conservative who once stood for the cause. wrote in support of an “ex-gay” organization Be warned the evils of “addictive” witchcraft.

The leaders Alaska’s Republican Party Tshibaka was also approved, who previously ran the state’s Department of Administration. They were endorsed by the governor a few months after having voted 53-17 for censure Murkowski For voting to impeach Trump. Buzz Kelley, a Republican He finished fourth in this year’s Senate primary, and stopped his campaign earlier this autumn and gave his support to Tshibaka.

The MurkowskiThe race of -Tshibaka became a proxy battle between Trump and one of his critics. Senate Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Minority Leader, who directed millions of dollars into the state Support Murkowski. One GOP senator anonymously told NBC News last week, “Mitch has really taken some actions to poke at Trump.”

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) won reelection for the fourth time, toppling a Republican Former President Donald Trump backs challenger

But it’s not that! Murkowski necessarily needed McConnell’s help. She already has a track record of taking on extremists — and her own party. After she lost her primary in 2010 to a tea-party candidate, she launched a campaign for write-in. now-famous ads She carefully wrote her name. In a stunning featWithout any support from the Republican McConnell was also in the Party. She won.

A stronger name recognition and more funds were also benefits to the veteran senator. As of Oct. 19, Murkowski With $2.2 million cash in hand, they had raised $10.8million and spent $8.7million. per OpenSecrets. Tshibaka had raised $4.8 millions, spent $4.2million and had $692,000 cash as of Oct. 19. per OpenSecrets.

There were weeks before the election. Murkowski crossed party lines To endorse Mary Peltola, Democrat in her race Alaska’s lone House seat. And Peltola endorsed Murkowski. They may seem strange at first glance, but they actually have a lot in Common. having known each other for yearsBoth were taking on Trump-backed candidate, both cast themselves moderately and pro-choice candidates. Both are extremely focused on Native Alaskans.

Peltola won the September special election to close out the remainder Late Republican Rep. Don Young’s term. On Wednesday, she was elected to the full term. She is the state’s first Indigenous person elected to federal office.

Murkowski She certainly gained from publicly associating with Peltola. In fact, she received a staggering 52% positive rating. a recent poll by Alaska Survey ResearchHer two GOP challengers polled 20 points lower than her. The same survey also showed that Murkowski had a positive rating of 44% over Tshibaka’s 34%.