U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, speaks during an interview at the Juneau Empire on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, speaks during an interview at the Juneau Empire on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

For US Senate, Murkowski outraises all other Alaska candidates combined

Murkowski’s reelection campaign reported raising $1.57 million in the latest quarterly reports

  • By James Brooks Alaska Beacon
  • Tuesday, July 19, 2022 11:04pm
  • NewsState News

By James Brooks

Alaska Beacon

As she seeks reelection to the U.S. Senate, Republican candidate Lisa Murkowski raised more money between April 1 and June 30 than all other candidates in the race, combined.

Murkowski’s reelection campaign reported raising $1.57 million in the latest quarterly reports submitted to the Federal Elections Commission. Her lead challenger, Republican candidate Kelly Tshibaka, reported $586,717 during the same period. Democratic candidate Pat Chesbro declared raising $37,977, and no other candidate reported more than $1,000.

All three women are competing to finish among the top four candidates in the Aug. 16 primary election for U.S. Senate.

Voters will be asked to pick one candidate, and the four candidates who receive the most votes will advance to the general election in November. In that election, voters will be asked to rank the candidates in order of preference, with the winner earning a six-year term in the U.S. Senate.

A large fundraising tally doesn’t guarantee election — Democrat-endorsed independent Al Gross lost the U.S. Senate race to Republican incumbent Dan Sullivan in 2020 — but it can reveal a candidate’s base of support before votes are cast.

Tshibaka raised more money than Murkowski through WinRed, the national Republican system for small donations, and both received many donations from within the state. Murkowski received more out-of-state donations than Tshibaka, and her average donation was larger than Tshibaka’s.

Chesbro received few out-of-state donations, and two-thirds of her fundraising total was through ActBlue, the Democratic online system for small donations.

As of June 30, Murkowski’s campaign reported having about $6.1 million in cash available for future spending, and Tshibaka’s reported having about $1.1 million. The Chesbro campaign reported having less than $16,000.

James Brooks is a longtime Alaska reporter, having previously worked at the Anchorage Daily News, Juneau Empire, Kodiak Mirror and Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. This article originally appeared online at alaskabeacon.com. Alaska Beacon, an affiliate of States Newsroom, is an independent, nonpartisan news organization focused on connecting Alaskans to their state government.

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