Trump-endorsed candidates continue to make headway in the polls.
“Trump-endorsed candidate Kelly Tshibaka is tied with 21-year incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) for U.S. Senate with about 50 days until the election, national pollster Cygnal revealed Monday,” as reported by Breitbart News.
“The poll takes into account Alaska’s ranked-choice voting. Tshibaka leads Murkowski on the first ballot by 7.9 points and on the second by 9.3 points. On the third ballot, the poll shows Murkowski leading Tshibaka by 0.2 percent, a statistical tie,” reported Breitbart.
“The poll suggests that Murkowski’s best chance of defeating Tshibaka is Democrat voters, who could vote for Murkowski as the ranked-choice system advances,” reports Breitbart.
The way Alaska’s 2020 instituted ranked-choice general election and open primary system works is as follows:
All candidates from all parties appear on the ballot together in the August primary. The top four vote-getters regardless of party then advance to the general election, and their voters are given the opportunity to pick their top choice, as well as their second and third choices.
If no candidate in the first round of voters’ first choices gets 50 percent of the vote, the last place candidate’s second choices are distributed across the remaining three candidates to see if someone can get across the majority threshold.
If that fails again to produce a majority vote-getter, then a third round is conducted where the third place candidate’s votes are redistributed according to second choices between the remaining two candidates.
“According to Tshibaka’s campaign, the candidate is in a strong position despite the voting system that favors Murkowski, along with massive amounts of negative TV advertising against Tshibaka,” reports Breitbart.
“Having Buzz Kelly’s support and the support of the former Democrat candidate Edgar Blatchford,” Tshibaka said, “I think it is really becoming clear that Alaskans across the entire spectrum are uniting behind this campaign.”
“We know Murkowski has grown more and more liberal over these last 21 years in the Senate. She is now one of Joe Biden’s best allies,” added Tshibaka.
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