Susan B. Anthony’s Fund Endorses Trump-Endorsed Kelly Tshibaka over Lisa Murkowski

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA - JULY 09: Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kelly Tshibaka (L) stands on stage with former U.S. President Donald Trump (R) during a "Save America" rally at Alaska Airlines Center on July 09, 2022 in Anchorage, Alaska. Former President Donald Trump held a "Save America" rally in Anchorage where …
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Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America’s Candidate Fund on Wednesday announced its endorsement of Trump-endorsed Kelly Tshibaka over the 21-year incumbent, pro-impeachment Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK).

The endorsement represents a blow to Murkowski, who is struggling to frame herself as a conservative. After the Supreme Court decided abortion was a state right in June, Murkowski voiced her opposition, reiterating what she claims to be her support for abortion “up to fetal viability,” even as Tshibaka asserts that Murkowski supports “taxpayer funded on-demand abortion up to the moment of birth.”

“Today the Supreme Court went against 50 years of precedent in choosing to overturn Roe v. Wade. The rights under Roe that many women have relied on for decades—most notably a woman’s right to choose—are now gone or threatened in many states,” the establishment Republican stated.

Following Susan B. Anthony’s endorsement of Tshibaka, Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of SBA Pro-Life America, issued a strong statement in favor of the Trump-endorsed candidate:

Kelly Tshibaka is a trailblazer whose pro-life, pro-woman leadership will be a welcome addition to the U.S. Senate. We are proud to endorse her. Pro-abortion Democrats ‘can’t wait’ to destroy the Senate filibuster to impose abortion on demand until birth nationwide, paid for by taxpayers – a radical agenda the overwhelming majority of Americans reject.

It’s more critical than ever that Alaskans have strong leaders fighting for their values. As a mom of five and the first member of her working-class family to pursue a college degree, Kelly knows how important it is to protect unborn children and stand with mothers, including by supporting pregnancy centers that serve countless families in communities nationwide. Kelly will bring compassion and common sense to Washington, and we strongly encourage Alaskans to support her on November 8.

The endorsement was celebrated by the Tshibaka campaign as another momentum-grabbing moment in the tight Senate race in Alaska. Tshibaka said of Susan B. Anthony’s endorsement, “Voters will never wonder where I stand, as I will protect life and oppose taxpayer funding of abortion, while supporting access to birth control without a prescription, both over the counter and through the mail.”

“That’s in stark contrast to Democrats and incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski who support taxpayer funded on-demand abortion up to the moment of birth, just like abortion laws in North Korea and China,”Tshibaka slammed Murkowski. “As the next senator from Alaska, I will always represent the values of the people of our great state.”

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) questions Interior Secretary Haaland during a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on the budget, Wednesday, July 13, 2022, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Mariam Zuhaib/AP)

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) on Wednesday, July 13, 2022, on Capitol Hill in Washington (Mariam Zuhaib/AP)

Polling shows the Alaskan Senate race is tight between Murkowski and Tshibaka. But Tshibaka seems to have the momentum. Three former U.S. Senate candidates in recent weeks have coalesced behind Tshibaka and not behind the 21-year incumbent. Candidates suspending their campaigns and supporting Tshibaka are exactly what she needs to win because of Alaska’s ranked choice voting system, which forwards votes from eliminated candidates to stronger, remaining ones as balloting progresses. Their early departure from the race and endorsement of Tshibaka will have an impact on the number of votes that will fall to Tshibaka over Murkowski as the second and third rounds present themselves.

“Our campaign continues to coalesce grassroots support, and our growing unified front will retire Lisa Murkowski after 21 years in the Senate,” Tshibaka remarked about the endorsements.

Follow Wendell Husebø on Twitter @WendellHusebø. He is the author of Politics of Slave Morality.

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