Murkowski was the only Republican on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to approve the nomination. The 63-year-old senator said she “struggled” with whether to back Haaland, saying she had to reconcile the Democrat’s past opposition to oil drilling with her heritage as a Native American, a well-represented population in Murkowski’s home state.
Trump’s political team has commissioned polling on the Alaska senator, further evidence of its interest in unseating her. The survey, which was conducted Jan. 30-Feb 1, before Murkowski voted to convict the former president, found Murkowski with a 43 percent favorable rating in Alaska, short of Trump’s 52 percent figure. The survey was conducted by McLaughlin and Associates, a firm that worked on Trump’s 2016 and 2020 campaigns. It was paid for by Save America, Trump’s leadership political action committee.
The president’s advisers commissioned a similar poll on Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), another Republican impeachment backer who Trump is expected to target in 2022.
Trump, who received 53 percent of the vote in Alaska in the 2020 election, has long been fixated on Murkowski. The former president called her out during his speech before the Conservative Political Action Conference last weekend, along with the other Republicans who backed his impeachment, and assailed her last year after she said she was “struggling” with whether to back Trump’s reelection bid.
The two also tangled over the Supreme Court, with Murkowski saying she opposed Trump naming a replacement of the late Ruth Bader Ginsberg just before the election. The senator also voted against the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh.
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