Alaska senators resign GOP posts after denouncing Trump
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Alaska’s two senators have resigned from leadership posts in their state’s Republican Party after denouncing Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSupreme Court comes to Trump's aid on immigration Trump is failing on trade policy Trump holds call with Netanyahu to discuss possible US-Israel defense treaty MORE, according to a new report.

Sens. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiOvernight Energy: Trump administration to repeal waterway protections| House votes to block drilling in Arctic refuge| Administration takes key step to open Alaskan refuge to drilling by end of year Overnight Health Care: Juul's lobbying efforts fall short as Trump moves to ban flavored e-cigarettes | Facebook removes fact check from anti-abortion video after criticism | Poll: Most Democrats want presidential candidate who would build on ObamaCare Trump administration takes key step to open Alaskan wildlife refuge to drilling by end of year MORE and Dan Sullivan voluntarily stepped down over the weekend as honorary members of their party’s state central committee, The Associated Press said Wednesday.


The AP said it confirmed the pair’s decision Tuesday with Murkowski campaign spokesman Robert Dillon. Party officers are expected to back party candidates.

The unusual move follows several GOP officers in Alaska resigning their posts last month to publicly back Republican-turned-Libertarian Joe Miller in his bid to replace Murkowski in this fall’s Senate race.

Murkowski and Sullivan both sharply criticized Trump last weekend following the release of a controversial recording of the billionaire.

The 2005 tape captures Trump discussing his failed sexual advances on a married woman and grabbing women's genitals without consent.

“I cannot and will not support Donald Trump for president,” Murkowski tweeted last Saturday, one day after the tape’s emergence. "He has forfeited the right to be our party’s nominee.”

“I will continue to campaign for Republican candidates across Alaska and the country,” Sullivan said in his own statement after the footage’s emergence.

“Keeping Republicans in the Senate majority is critical to the economic and national security of Alaska and America. As for the White House, Donald Trump should step aside. I will support [Republican vice presidential nominee] Gov. Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceSupreme Court comes to Trump's aid on immigration 'Mike Pounce' trends on Twitter after Trump slip at GOP retreat Pence extends olive branch to Cummings after Trump's Baltimore attacks MORE for president.”

Murkowski seems in little trouble of being defeated in her reelection bid.

She boasts a 33-point lead over Miller and two other candidates in the state's Senate race, according to a weekend poll from Moore Information.

The same poll found Trump leading Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham Clinton2020 is not a family affair, for a change New York Democrat pens op-ed on why he opposes impeaching Trump Rob Zombie on canceling 'The Hunt': 'A bulls–-- sacrificial lamb that solves nothing in society' MORE by 3 points in Alaska.

Clinton leads Trump by about 6 points nationwide, according to the latest RealClearPolitics average of polls.
Calls by The Hill to both Murkowski's and Sullivan's office were not returned as of press time.

Trump’s lewd remarks have divided Republicans, with some now calling for his exit from the White House race less than a month from Election Day.