Trump-Endorsed Senate Candidate Won’t Back McConnell

Trump-Endorsed Senate Candidate Won’t Back McConnell

A second Republican Senate candidate announced today that they will not support Senate Republican Leader .

The news follows Sen. Lindsey Graham’s suggestion on national television that McConnell couldn’t remain the leader of Senate Republicans if Trump continues to loathe him.

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won Trump’s endorsement early on in her campaign against Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). Whoever wins the Republican primary will likely become the frontrunner in the general election.

The Hill reports:

“The actions of McConnell and Murkowski on the debt ceiling show that it’s the political elites pitted against real Americans. When I defeat Murkowski and become Alaska’s next U.S. Senator, I will not support Mitch McConnell as leader. It’s time for new, America First leadership in the Senate,” Tshibaka said.

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Tshibaka, a former state administration commissioner, quit her position earlier this year to challenge Murkowski. Trump endorsed Tshibaka, who has hired several former Trump advisers as campaign consultants, after Murkowski voted to convict the former president in his second impeachment trial.

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Murkowski, seeking her fourth full term in the Senate, is no stranger to upstart challengers. She lost her bid for renomination in 2010, though she won the general election as a write-in candidate.

By the end of September, Tshibaka reported raising $1.2 million and banking just $294,000. Murkowski’s campaign reported to the Federal Election Commission it had $3.2 million in the bank.

Tshibaka’s announcement makes her the second prominent GOP Senate candidate to say they wouldn’t support McConnell. The first being former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens.

McConnell famously fell out of favor with Trump after he recognized Joe Biden as the winner of the presidential election.

Their relationship became even more strained after McConnell spoke out publicly against Trump following the U.S. Capitol attack.

Despite Trump’s anger at the Republican Senate Leader, McConnell is credited with keeping a Supreme Court position vacant through 2016, which Trump used to appoint Neil Gorsuch. Observers also credit McConnell with keeping numerous other judicial vacancies open at the tail end of the Obama administration, which Trump used to reshape the judiciary.

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