Palin Also Comes Up Short

  • Democratic Alaska Rep. Mary Peltola beat out former governor and one-time vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin to secure a full House term on Wednesday.
  • Trump was active in both Alaska races. He endorsed Palin’s congressional run, after the former governor served as a vocal Trump ally in his 2016 campaign and a defender of Trump’s baseless voter fraud claims following the 2020 race. Meanwhile, Murkowski earned Trump and his allies’ ire after she became one of only seven Republican senators who voted to convict Trump following the January 6 Capitol insurrection last year: The state Republican Party censured Murkowski, and during a rally in July for Tshibaka, Trump called Murkowski a “piece of,” and mouthed the word “garbage.” But Palin and Tshibaka are now the latest Trump-backed candidates to struggle in key midterm races, as the GOP’s hopes of regaining control of the Senate and securing a strong lead in the House were dashed.
  • Trump allies also lost Senate races in Pennsylvania, Nevada and Arizona, and Trump-endorsed gubernatorial candidates lost in Arizona, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Of the 39 key races with Trump-endorsed candidates, his chosen candidates won 18 and lost 16, Axios reported. Still, a few Trump-backed candidates won crucial races, including Ohio Senate candidate J.D. Vance and Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).