Incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), an impeachment supporter and 21-year incumbent, is expected to defeat Trump-backed Kelly Zibaka in Alaska’s U.S. Senate race after the state announced Wednesday Voters’ second and third rankings.

Murkowski Completed Ranked choice elections got 135,972 votes with 53.7 percent, while Tshibaka’s 117,299 votes brought her to 46.3 percent.

Murkowski reportedly survived a closely contested Senate race, likely due to her support for Alaska’s open ranked-choice voting system in place in 2020. The voting system ultimately protects the incumbent by allowing Republicans to cannibalize their votes while allowing Democrats to vote Republican.

Murkowski’s numbers soared after Democratic nominee Pat Chasebro was eliminated. According to Alaska’s KTOO, Murkowski received a significant portion of second-choice votes from Chesbro’s Democratic supporters.

The pro-impeachment senator also received $9 million in aid from the Senate Leadership Fund, a super PAC backed by Sen. Mitch McConnell. The money was used to attack Tshibaka over the airwaves. The fund backed Murkowski even as it withdrew $5.6 million in mid-October from Republican General Don Bolduc’s New Hampshire campaign against Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH).

Murkowski outspent Tshibaka by about $4.5 million, according to Open Secrets. Polls show the race is a tight one, with Tshibaka leading by a narrow margin.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - JULY 9: U.S. Senate Republican candidate Kelly Zibaka (left) stands on stage with former U.S. President Donald Trump (right) "save america" A rally at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage, Alaska on July 9, 2022.Former President Donald Trump held a "save america" At the rally in Anchorage, he campaigned alongside U.S. House of Representatives candidate former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and U.S. Senate candidate Kelly Zibacca.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

U.S. Republican Senate candidate Kelly Tsbaka stands on stage with former U.S. President Donald Trump during the Save America rally at the Alaska Air Center in Anchorage, Alaska, July 9, 2022 superior. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

In October, the Alaska Republican Party condemned Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for attacking Tshibaka. The Alaska Republican’s rebuke of the Senate GOP leader was an extraordinary move that showed just how out of step McConnell was with American workers.

Murkowski was also condemned by the Alaska Republican Party in March 2021 and asked to leave after voting to impeach former President Donald Trump. Murkowski declined, instead voting with Democrats nine times in the past two years. Murkowski is the only Republican on the 2022 ballot to support impeachment.

After his re-election, Murkowski has pledged to continue assisting the Democratic agenda.

“I don’t like this administration,” she declared in September. “I think a lot of their policies really hurt us. But you know what? They’re in office. They’re going to be in office for the next two years.”

Jordan Dixon-Hamilton is a reporter for Housekaart News.write to him or follow him Twitter.

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