Republicans will hold Alaska US Senate seat in tight race

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JUNEAU— A Republican candidate is expected to hold Alaska’s U.S. Senate seat, with Donald Trump-endorsed Kelly Tshibaka and U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski leading in early returns.

In results early Wednesday morning, Tshibaka had 44.56% of the vote followed by Murkowski with 42.64% and Democrat Pat Chesbro with 9.54%. Percentages are for the first round in Alaska’s ranked-choice system.

Tshibaka and Murkowski were in the race with Chesbro and Republican Buzz Kelley, who lagged well behind in early returns reported Tuesday night. Kelley had suspended his campaign and endorsed Tshibaka.

Murkowski touted her seniority and willingness to work across party lines to advance Alaska’s priorities. Murkowski is the most

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