Former President Donald Trump has remained involved in GOP politics since leaving office, vowing to support primary challengers to Republican candidates who have aligned against him ahead of next year’s midterm elections.
While Trump has expressed an intention to campaign against Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), the effort might prove unnecessary, however, since the long-serving senator has not decided whether to seek another term.
“Everything that a good incumbent does”
According to a new Roll Call report, Murkowski is still considering whether she will run for a fourth term in the Senate, where she has served since she was appointed in 2002 to fill a vacancy.
Pressed by reporters this week for insight regarding a final decision, she indicated that she had not yet made the determination.
“I have been doing everything that a good incumbent does in terms of preserving my options, visiting with Alaskans, spending a lot of time, as much time on the ground as I can, and raising money,” Murkowski said.
Trump once again weighed in on the impending race in a statement celebrating the possibility that the senator would step down from the Senate.
“Great news for the Republican Party!” he wrote. “Senator Lisa Murkowski said she is ‘still weighing whether she will run again’ for the Senate in Alaska.”
The former president went on: “In other words, there is a chance that she won’t run! Wouldn’t that be great?”
“Hopefully, that won’t happen”
Trump’s statement also took aim at Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), who has also been one of his staunchest critics on Capitol Hill.
“And so many people are looking to run against Crazy Liz Cheney — but we only want one,” the former president said. “She is so far down in Wyoming polls that the only way she can win is numerous candidates running against her and splitting the vote. Hopefully, that won’t happen. I’ll make an Endorsement soon!”
Murkowski is also likely to face multiple primary rivals as well if she chooses to run for re-election. According to Alaska’s primary system, the top four candidates will advance to the general election regardless of political affiliation.
She could face a particularly tough GOP challenger in Kelly Tshibaka, who formerly led the state’s Department of Administration and already has the support of several top Trump advisers.