Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America’s Candidate Fund on Wednesday announced its endorsement of Trump-endorsed Kelly Tshibaka over the 21-year incumbent, pro-impeachment Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK).
The endorsement represents a blow to Murkowski, who is struggling to frame herself as a conservative. Murkowski voiced opposition to the Supreme Court’s June decision that abortion is a state, and reiterated what she claimed was her support for abortion. “up to fetal viability,”Even as Tshibaka insists on Murkowski’s support “taxpayer funded on-demand abortion up to the moment of birth.”
“Today the Supreme Court went against 50 years of precedent in choosing to overturn Roe v. Wade. The rights under Roe that many women have relied on for decades—most notably a woman’s right to choose—are now gone or threatened in many states,”Establishment Republican was declared.
Following Susan B. Anthony’s endorsement of Tshibaka, Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of SBA Pro-Life America, issued a strong statement in favor of the Trump-endorsed candidate:
Kelly Tshibaka, a pioneer in pro-life and pro-woman leadership, will make a great addition to the U.S. Senate. We proudly endorse her. Pro-abortion Democrats ‘can’t wait’ to destroy the Senate filibuster to impose abortion on demand until birth nationwide, paid for by taxpayers – a radical agenda the overwhelming majority of Americans reject.
It’s more critical than ever that Alaskans have strong leaders fighting for their values. Kelly is a mother of five children, and was the first in her family of working-class parents to earn a college education. She knows what it means to stand up for unborn babies and support pregnancy centers across the country that provide services to many families. We encourage Alaskans on November 8 to show their support for Kelly. Kelly is expected to bring kindness and common-sense to Washington.
Tshibaka Campaign celebrated this endorsement, citing it as another important moment in Alaska’s close Senate race. Tshibaka said of Susan B. Anthony’s endorsement, “Voters will never wonder where I stand, as I will protect life and oppose taxpayer funding of abortion, while supporting access to birth control without a prescription, both over the counter and through the mail.”
“That’s in stark contrast to Democrats and incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski who support taxpayer funded on-demand abortion up to the moment of birth, just like abortion laws in North Korea and China,”Tshibaka slammed Murkowski. “As the next senator from Alaska, I will always represent the values of the people of our great state.”
Polling shows the Alaskan Senate race is tight between Murkowski and Tshibaka. But Tshibaka seems to have the momentum. Recent weeks saw three ex-Senate candidates rally behind Tshibaka, not the incumbent 21-year old. Candidates suspending their campaigns and supporting Tshibaka are exactly what she needs to win because of Alaska’s ranked choice voting system, which forwards votes from eliminated candidates to stronger, remaining ones as balloting progresses. Tshibaka and their early exit from the race, as well as Tshibaka’s endorsement will affect the amount of votes Tshibaka receives over Murkowski during the second or third rounds.
“Our campaign continues to coalesce grassroots support, and our growing unified front will retire Lisa Murkowski after 21 years in the Senate,” Tshibaka remarked about the endorsements.
Follow Wendell Husebø on Twitter @WendellHusebø. He is the author of Politics of Slave Morality.
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