Previewing Tuesday's Primaries in Wyoming and Alaska
On Tuesday, voters cast their ballots in primary and special elections in Wyoming and Alaska.
In Wyoming, Rep. Liz Cheney (R), Vice Chair of the January 6 Committee, is facing Trump-backed Harriet Hageman and three other candidates to hold onto her House seat. Cheney is the last of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump, and she has stated that Trump poses a threat to democracy with his claims of a stolen election in 2020. She is expected to lose, and is behind in some polls by almost 30 points.
In Alaska, where the top four finishers for the Republican primary will advance to the general election, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) is all but certain to advance. She is facing Trump-backed former Alaska Department of Administration Commissioner Kelly Tshibaka. Murkowski was one of seven Republican Senators who voted to impeach Donald Trump during his second impeachment trial; she is the only one of the seven who is up for re-election this year. Meanwhile, former Governor Sarah Palin is attempting a comeback in a special election to finish the late Rep. Don Young's term, who died in March. Palin faces Republican Nick Begich III, the nephew of former Democratic Senator Mark Begich.
Media sources across the political spectrum continue to note former President Donald Trump's impact on the 2022 elections.
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