The November 8 races were the first general election held under Alaska’s new ranked voting system. Murkowski beat fellow Republican Kelly Tshibaka, 53.7% to 46.3%, after second-choice votes from supporters of third- and fourth-place candidates were reallocated in Wednesday’s table.
Murkowski has drawn Trump’s ire repeatedly during and after his four years as president, with his February 2021 vote to condemn Trump as a cornerstone. Although Murkowski joined six other Republican senators in voting to convict Trump, she was the only one on the ballot this year.
“I am honored that Alaskans — of all regions, backgrounds, and political affiliations — have once again placed their trust in me to continue to work with them and on their behalf in the U.S. Senate,” Murkowski said in a statement after. the announcement of the results.
Murkowski first joined the Senate in 2002, when she was nominated by her then-governor father. Frank Murkowski, to fill a vacant seat. It was not the first time she had faced opposition from conservatives: During her re-election bid in 2010, Murkowski was beaten by a right-wing lead candidate, Joe Miller, but came back to beat Miller in the general election as a written candidate.
Peltola’s margin over Palin in the home race was larger, at 54.9% to 45.1%. And that was a significant change from the special election in August, when Peltola won by 3 points.
Peltola is the first Democrat from Alaska to win a full term in the House since 1970.
On Wednesday, GOP Gov. Mike Dunleavy also defeated opponents left and right, including former Gov. Bill Walker, who was running as an independent. Dunleavy won a simple majority of the first-place votes, so no ranked pick tabulation was needed to secure his victory.
Alaska accounted for some of the final results of the 2022 midterms. For the Senate, Democrats won 50 seats in the new Congress, compared to 49 for Republicans. The final seat will be decided in the second round on December 6 in Georgia.
In the House, Republicans won 220 seats and Democrats 213. Republicans lead the last two uncalled races, in the Central Valley of California and the Western Slope of Colorado, although neither race has been called.
And among governors, the two parties evenly split the 36 states holding gubernatorial races this year. But more Americans will live under Democratic governors next year, about 185 million, than under Republican governors (141 million).