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Murkowski Advances in Alaska Despite Trump; Palin Moves Ahead

  • Trump-endorsed challenger Tshibaka also advances from primary
  • Murkowski one of seven GOP senators who voted to convict Trump
Lisa Murkowski

Lisa Murkowski

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Republican Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski and Kelly Tshibaka -- a former state official backed by Donald Trump -- both advanced to a general election race under a new format that may have helped save the incumbent’s candidacy. 

With 52% of the votes counted, Murkowski had a lead of about 1,700 votes over Tshibaka, according to results published by AP. Democrat Patricia Chesbro and Republican Buzz Kelley were far behind the frontrunners but could also advance to the November election if they hold their positions in the 19-person primary.