Conservative Republican Buzz Kelley, who finished fourth in the recent primary for Alaska’s U.S. Senate race, has suspended his campaign and endorsed Kelly Tshibaka in her bid to unseat Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

With Kelley’s Sept. 12 announcement, made live on the Dan Fagan show, the U.S. Senate race is now down to Murkowski, Tshibaka and Democrat Pat Chesbro. Buzz Kelley, however, will still appear on the ballot, but he’s asking his supporters to back Tshibaka in the Nov. 8 general election.

“I am suspending my campaign and I’m asking all those who supported me and/or my ideas, if you would now please throw your support behind Kelly Tshibaka,” Buzz Kelley told radio host Dan Fagan. “She is our best bet to deny Murkowski.”

Kelley said he’s also working to remodel his campaign-themed car into one that promote Tshibaka’s bid.
Tshibaka said she was “grateful and honored to have Buzz Kelley’s support,” saying she agrees that his decision to bow out gives conservatives the best chance to oust Murkowski.

 “With both Buzz Kelley’s support and the endorsement of former Democratic candidate Edgar Blatchford as well, it’s clear that Alaskans from across the spectrum are uniting behind our campaign,” Tshibaka said. “Murkowski has grown more and more liberal over the course of 21 years in the Senate, and she’s now clearly one of Joe Biden’s best allies. Alaskans know it’s time for a change, and when I’m in the Senate, I will always stand up for Alaska values.”

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Republican Buzz Kelley drops out, endorses Kelly Tshibaka for U.S. Senate

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Neil DeWitt says:

    Thank you Mr. Kelley. It’s hard to give up but it’s for tge good of all Alaskans. You’ll get another chance in a few years. Goooo Kelly. We need a change in D.C. Lisa Murkowski has given up on us all.

  • Jakob Ernst says:

    Thank you Mr. Kelley! Now just waiting for Palin or Begich.

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    Buzz needed to get out earlier, so his name would not of been on the ballot.
    People that don’t know any better will still vote for
    Buzz (Kelly)

  • Neil DeWitt says:

    couldn’t they of picked a different day than the last day of moose season in area 14B?

    • Jake Libbey says:

      Neil, that is PFD Day, and the number one issue to be addressed at a constitutional convention is putting the calculation into the actual constitution so that the special interests, and partisan legislators will stop using its amount as a lever of power. “I’ll vote for your bill, but you have to kill the PFD.” “You’ll get all the money you want for your campaign, but you have to vote no on a full PFD.” The corruption is sickening. Hence the events are happening ON the day you get $1,000 of your money stolen from you and each person in your family. I know its the last day of Moose Season, but honestly, the tie in is more important than the last day of moose season in 14B. In my opinion…

  • James says:

    I’m voting YES on the convention, for all the good it will do – I’m sure it will be defeated after all the votes are “counted.”

  • M. J. D. says:

    I wish republican donors could up the anti and counter whatever the amount Sarah getting paid by the left to have even entered the congressional race

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    Thank you Buzz Kelley. Prayers for Kelly Tshibaka to win this race to help save our great state! Let the RED WAVE (not including RINOs) happen!