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Sarah Palin Fires Warning Shot: Strongly Hints at Senate Run Against Lisa Murkowski

Posted on 05 October 2018

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin strongly hinted at a challenge to Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) when Murkowski is next up for reelection in 2022. Murkowski, a three term incumbent, is undecided on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, but gave several indications Friday that she will vote no.

Sarah Palin was the vice presidential running mate for Sen.John McCain’s presidential campaign in 2008. 

Palin wrote on Twitter Friday afternoon,”Hey – I can see 2022 from my house…”

Palin and Murkowski are longtime political foes. Plain defeated her father Gov. Frank Murkowski in 2006 in the GOP primary, thwarting his reelection bid. Palin successfully endorsed GOP challenger Joe Miller who defeated incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski in the 2010 primary. Murkowski then controversially ran as a write-in candidate, winning reelection over Miller in the general election.

Wikipedia notes Murkowski, who initially was appointed to the Senate in 2002 by her father Frank Murkowski when he left the Senate after being elected Alaska governor, has never won a majority of the vote in the general election.

“Although Murkowski has won three full terms to the Senate, she has never won a majority of the vote; she won pluralities in each of her three races, with 48.6% of the vote in 2004, 39.5% in 2010, and 44.4% in 2016.”

Minutes before Palin tweeted to Murkowski about 2022, she retweeted former aide Rebecca Mansour speaking about Palin and Murkowski, “2/2 And I defended that fact that a brave woman whistleblower was the only person to ever defeat the crony corruption of the Murkowski family. That woman was , and I’m sure you have plenty of misogynist attacks to throw her way, just as you’ve thrown them at me.”

 

 

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