Murkowski reports bringing in nearly $1.1M in last quarter

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski reported bringing in nearly $1.1 million during the last fundraising quarter, though the Republican has yet to formally announce any re-election plans.

A report filed with the Federal Election Commission shows Murkowski had $3.2 million available as of Sept. 30.

The reporting period covers July through September. A report for Kelly Tshibaka, a Republican who has been endorsed by former President Donald Trump, was not immediately available on the commission website Friday.

Sean Thorne, a Libertarian candidate, reported raising about $850 and having about $675 available.

Murkowski was one of seven Republican senators who voted to convict Trump during a Senate impeachment trial earlier this year. State Republican party leaders voted to censure her over that vote. Trump was acquitted of a charge of incitement of insurrection related to the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot.

Alaska voters in November approved a new system for elections, doing away with party primaries. The top four vote-getters in a primary will advance to the general election, for which ranked-choice voting will be used.

The state Division of Elections shows nine candidates in the race so far. That doesn’t include Murkowski or Tshibaka, who have by far been the most active fundraising.