Democratic Sen. Manchin endorses Republican Sen. Murkowski for reelection

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Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia bucked his personal celebration in endorsing Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska for reelection throughout a uncommon joint interview Sunday.

“I am endorsing my dear friend, Lisa Murkowski. Alaska could only be so lucky to have her continue to serve them,” Manchin introduced on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

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“Thank you,” Murkowski responded.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) asks questions during a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing to discuss reopening schools during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., U.S., September 30, 2021.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) asks questions throughout a Senate Well being, Training, Labor, and Pensions Committee listening to to debate reopening faculties in the course of the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) at Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., U.S., September 30, 2021.
(Reuters)

“She knows I feel that way, too, very strongly,” Manchin instructed CNN’s Jake Tapper. “It’s hypocritical to basically work with a person day in and day out, and then when they’re in cycle you’re supposed to be against them just because they have an R or D by their name. If these are good people I’ve worked with, we have accomplished a lot, why in the world wouldn’t I want to work with them and continue to work with them? 

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“It doesn’t matter if I’m a Democrat, and so they’re a Republican, or vice versa,” he added. “They’ve been my expensive buddies, we get so much completed and I feel the nation has fared higher with us working collectively than not.”

Manchin, one of the few moderates in his party, made a similar move in 2020 when he endorsed and offered to campaign for Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine.

In this Dec. 19, 2019 file photo, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, speaks during a hearing on the impact of wildfires on electric grid reliability on Capitol Hill in Washington.

On this Dec. 19, 2019 file photograph, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, chair of the Senate Vitality and Pure Sources Committee, speaks throughout a listening to on the impression of wildfires on electrical grid reliability on Capitol Hill in Washington.
(AP Picture/Patrick Semansky, File)

Manchin stated in April of final yr that he would assist Murkowski’s reelection. She formally introduced her candidacy in November.

Of the seven Republicans who voted to convict former President Donald Trump throughout his impeachment trial following the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, Murkowski is the one one dealing with re-election within the midterms this November.

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Trump has endorsed former Alaska Commissioner of Administration Kelly Tshibaka over Murkowski within the Republican major. 

A Democrat has not but entered the race.

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