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Senate GOP campaign chief says he will help Murkowski against Trump-endorsed challenger

Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.), the chairman of the Senate GOP campaign arm, said on Sunday that he will help Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s (R-Alaska) reelection efforts, even though former President Trump has already endorsed a challenger against her.

“You had said you’re going to support all incumbents. And I’m just curious, does that include Lisa Murkowski, where the former president has endorsed a primary challenger? And when you say you support, does that mean you will financially support Lisa Murkowski and actually help run a campaign against a primary opponent?” “Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd asked Scott on NBC.

“Absolutely. … We support all of our incumbents,” Scott answered. “And fortunately for us, we’ve got great candidates running in our primaries. And fortunately for us, we’ve got Bernie Sanders candidates on the other side in many primaries, and so we’re going to be in a great position in ‘22.”

Murkowski was one of seven Republican senators to vote to impeach Trump earlier this year. 

In June, Trump announced that he would be endorsing a challenger to the Republican incumbent, saying he supported former Alaska Commissioner of Administration Kelly Tshibaka. 

“Murkowski has got to go!” Trump said in a statement issued through Save America PAC.

Murkowski, for her part, appeared to remain undeterred by the challenge. 

“I know that former President Trump is skeptical about me and the job that I do for Alaska, but I really think that that’s for Alaskans to judge,” Murkowski said during an interview with Alaska Landmine Radio in July. 

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