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LIVE RESULTS: Lisa Murkowski faces a Trump-backed challenger and Sarah Palin seeks a return to office in Alaska

Added 08-17-22 12:14:03am EST - “Alaskans are voting in a high-profile US Senate primary and a special general election for its sole US House seat where Palin is mounting a comeback.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “LIVE RESULTS: Lisa Murkowski faces a Trump-backed challenger and Sarah Palin seeks a return to office in Alaska”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Alaska is holding primary elections on Tuesday. Polls closed at 8 p.m. local time and 12 a.m. ET. 

Alaskans are voting in a high-profile US Senate primary and a special general election for the at-large House seat on Tuesday.

The 2022 elections are the first held under Alaska's brand-new top-four primary voting system, approved in 2020. All candidates from all party affiliations run on the same primary ballot and the top four advance to the general election, which is then held under a ranked-choice voting system. 

The new system is expected to help insulate GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski, seeking a third term in office, from being defeated by a primary challenger endorsed by President Donald Trump. Murkowski, who drew Trump's ire by voting to convict him for inciting the January 6 insurrection, is now facing a Trump-backed primary challenger in Kelly Tshibaka.

Murkowski will face her Trump-backed primary challenger on the same day as GOP Rep. Liz Cheney, who voted to impeach Trump and now is investigating his role in the insurrection as the vice-chair of the January 6 Committee. Cheney will run against Trump-endorsed Harriet Hageman in Wyoming's at-large House seat. 

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