Expect Cheney to lose, but Murkowski should live to fight another day
Today is primary day in Alaska and Wyoming, which just so happen to be home to two Republicans who have prominent places on former President Donald Trump’s enemies list.
Both have been highly critical of Trump’s role in the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection: Murkowski voted to convict Trump after he had been impeached by the House for, and Cheney defied Republican leaders by taking a leadership role on the House committee investigating the riot.
While Murkowski, who has carved out a role as moderate in the caucus, faces a stiff internal challenge, it’s nothing like Cheney’s situation. After being effectively excommunicated from the party, Cheney is now expected to lose – and lose big – in the primary.
Murkowski, on the other hand, might not finish first in the primary but is expected to advance to November thanks to Alaska’s new elections system. This year, for the first time, Alaska is conducting a “top four” primary, meaning the four candidates who receive the most votes – regardless of party – will compete in the general election (which will use ranked-choice voting).
Murkowski should be among those four.
Also on the ballot tomorrow is the special election in Alaska to replace the late Rep. Don Young. There are only three candidates on the ballot because one dropped off after finishing in the top-four primary. Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is the biggest name in that race.
Typically, the Voting Rights Lab recaps the latest legislatie activity affecting election laws. Last week, however, the major activity took place outside state legislatures, with a lawsuit seeking to restrict voting options across Wisconsin and a prominent Georgia county opting to expand early voting.
- The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty filed a lawsuit claiming that mobile voting units, like the one used in Racine in this year’s primaries, is illegal under state law.
- The Cobb County Board of Elections voted to expand early voting to include a Sunday before Election Day, as allowed by Georgia law.
- A study found that people of color, particularly Latino and Indigenous voters, are more likely to be removed from the voter rules under a law enacted last year.
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