Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin endorsed Republican Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s 2022 Senate bid Friday.
Murkowski, who was the first Senate Republican to call on then-President Donald Trump to resign after the Capitol riot and who voted to convict Trump in his Senate impeachment trial, received Manchin’s support in an interview with Politico. Manchin said he would support her in a “heartbeat” and Murkowski accepted his endorsement.
“I’ve met a lot of good people in Alaska, they know when they’ve got the real deal. And they see the person that basically is bringing both sides together, trying to look for the best interest,” Manchin said in the interview. “People understand that they have a person that understands Alaska and has Alaska in her blood and in every part of her veins and every morsel of her body.”
Although Murkowski has not yet announced her reelection campaign, she told Politico that she “would welcome his endorsement.” (RELATED: Sen. Lisa Murkowski Votes With Democrats To Advance Gupta’s Nomination)
Trump promised to visit Alaska to personally campaign against Murkowski, saying, “I will not be endorsing, under any circumstances, the failed candidate from the great State of Alaska, Lisa Murkowski,” in a March statement to Politico. “She represents her state badly and her country even worse. I do not know where other people will be next year, but I know where I will be — in Alaska campaigning against a disloyal and very bad Senator.” (RELATED: Trump Promises To Go To Alaska To Campaign Against ‘Disloyal’ Sen. Murkowski)
In late March, Commissioner of Administration Kelly Tshibaka announced that she will run against Murkowski, making her the first Republican to throw her hat in the ring against the incumbent.
National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Rick Scott has said the committee will be supporting Republican incumbents, despite Trump’s differences.