(USA Features) Alaska GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski is underwater and losing ground rapidly to a primary challenger as she faces reelection in 2022 amid angst over her vote to convict former President Donald Trump during his second impeachment.
According to pollsters Cygnal, which fivethirtyeight.com has assigned a B-plus rating, Kelly Tshibaka, Alaska’s former commissioner of administration, is leading Murkowski 34-19 percent.
Meanwhile, Murkowski just has a 10% favorability rating among Alaska’s GOP voters, with 87 percent having a negative view, Just the News reported.
Tshibaka got into the race March 29 and immediately, among Republicans, was viewed favorably by 61 percent of GOP voters, the survey noted.
At the same time, Al Gross, an Independent who was the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate last year, has an 18 percent chance of pulling off a victory, the poll found.
Alaska does not have party primaries after recent voting reform laws. Instead, the top three finishers from the summer 2022 primary will go on to face off in the November general election.
The Washington Examiner reported that Tshibaka was employed by the federal government for almost 17 years.
She worked for the U.S. Postal Service’s Office of the Inspector General, National Intelligence, the Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission, the outlet reported.
Murkowski has become increasingly unpopular among the state’s GOP voter base.
She was one of seven Republican senators who voted to convict Trump following his impeachment in the wake of the Jan. 6 Capitol Building riot.