U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski skipped the Oct. 11 ConocoPhillips candidate forum in Anchorage, but conservative Republican challenger Kelly Tshibaka is not letting the 21-year incumbent off the hook.

To be fair, it probably wouldn’t have been an easy for Murkowski to face a room full of oil and gas developers and try and defend her vote to confirm radical environmentalist Deb Haaland as Biden’s Interior Secretary.

Her absence, however, spoke volumes to Tshibaka who appears to be surging in a new poll released by ABC News’ FiveThirtyEight.

Last year Murkowski cast the tie-breaking vote in committee to advance the Haaland’s nomination for final approval.

Like fellow Sen. Dan Sullivan, Murkowski expressed concern that Haaland’s radical environmental views would hurt Alaska, yet both senators supported her anyway. Haaland has since gone on to enthusiastically lead Biden’s assault on the Alaska energy industries.

“Oil and gas jobs are the most crucial part of Alaska’s economy and there are thousands of Alaska families who are worried about what Biden is doing to their livelihoods,” Tshibaka said on Oct. 12. “Lisa Murkowski has enabled Biden’s war on Alaska, yet she can’t be bothered to come speak to the very people she has endangered. She’s much more comfortable with her D.C. insider friends, who are very happy that she’s helped put radical environmentalists in charge.”

If elected, Tshibaka said she would fight to “responsibly develop our own natural resources because we do it safer and more efficiently than anyone else. And I will always stand up for the men and women who work in these vital industries.”

Tshibaka’s campaign appears to be resonating with Alaskans. The new FiveThirtyEight poll shows her beating Murkowski 53 out of a hundred times in simulated elections based off recent polling.

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Surging Tshibaka blasts Murkowski for skipping oil & gas debate & refusing to defend record

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:

    At this point in time Kelly is the only candidate in tge senate race. Lisa lost her position totally.

  • Kasey says:

    It’s becoming a “thing” for dems to skip debates. They want to continue to bamboozle voters with a bunch of ads and never have to defend their positions in a public forum. Which, if you think about it is a very concerning thing. When someone doesn’t wish to debate… “oh, my campaign is just waaay too busy for that” … you have to wonder why? Are they afraid of having to come up with real answers that make sense? OR do they just want people to think they are always right and don’t have to give a reason for their positions?

    • Terry Stires says:

      Oh BS. Republicans Dunleavy and Pierce have missed more debates than they’ve attended. Probably smart move though. They both have such dismal records that they would wither under scrutiny.

  • William Collins says:

    The hit piece on Kelly, which Lisa supported and approved, claims Kelly is running because she needs the money. Why is Lisa running? Because she wants the money and more. Lisa is running for Lisa, not for Alaskans. I was working at Fort Greely, Alaska, on a missile field. Lisa came there for a photo-op that was made completely off limits to the workers. She didn’t take time to meet the workers, who are apparently beneath her.

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    The dems, rinos and globalists have sunk so much into Lisa Murkowski and her campaigns. Lisa smiles at Alaskans and then votes like a demorat. I don’t understand how she has lasted so long in the Republican party. Like Wyoming did to Lizzy, our Alaskan GOP should kick her out! Lisa and Dan Sullivan have voted like demorats on so many issues these last few years. Now, Sullivan is out there pretending to fight for Alaska. I wonder if Dan is seeing writing on the wall also? Maybe Lisa could not make it to the candidate forum because she and Dan were busy hosting the two “Russians” that fled to our state recently? Too much going on in our world to be playing cat and mouse games. I am disappointed with all of our candidates at this point because we keep hearing about events that they attended after the fact. Where are any of them when people would like to hear what is going on? We are living in a clown world right now. I pray that we will have our opportunity to vote on November 8th and that the elections will be fair. This is not about which political side you are on – this is about good versus evil. Get out and VOTE on election day! Every vote will have an effect!

  • micah6v8 says:

    > a new poll released by ABC News’ FiveThirtyEight.
    Joel, you are a canny, aware observer of the political scene. You must know that ABC and 538 are, at best, push pollers and narrative shapers who have picked a side, yet do not state their obvious bias. Their numbers, election after election, are off and off in one direction. Yet you use them to prove a point? They are unreliable. Though one could say a broken clock is right twice a day, but is that a standard? How about using Rich Baris (Peoples Pundit), or Trafalgar, or Rasmussen? They too have a bias, but they are up front about it. More importantly their numbers (and isn’t that the bottom line here?) have been far more accurate for the past several elections. I find them to be old school pollsters who are interested in where the voters actually are, not crafting a pitch and fitting their data into it.

  • Concerned Alaskan says:

    Have you notices that “polls” aren’t really “polls” anymore. The pollster calls, asks a question, and if you don’t pick their candidate, they bash that person then ask if you changed your mind. Not really a poll, but trying to sway you to change your vote.

  • Bob Curtis says:

    Kelly Tshibaka advocates for all Alaskans! Let’s make a concerted effort to elect her as we are in dire need of a critical shift in responsible oil and gas development. -Village Voices

  • Diana says:

    I’m for Kelly Tshibaka for Senate from Alaska…..everyone get out and vote!