2022 Elections

Kelly Tshibaka has hired a number of advisers with ties to former President Donald Trump to guide her Senate campaign in Alaska.

Kelly Tshibaka, the state commissioner of administration, announced she would step down from her state job and challenge Sen. Lisa Murkowski in 2022. | AP Photo/Mark Thiessen

By ALEX ISENSTADT

03/29/2021 05:05 PM EDT

Updated: 03/29/2021 07:59 PM EDT

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Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski has drawn a 2022 Republican opponent who’s signed on key Trumpworld figures to help guide her campaign.

Kelly Tshibaka, the state commissioner of administration, announced Monday that she would step down from her state job and challenge Murkowski, a vocal critic of Donald Trump whom the former president has vowed to oppose in next year’s midterm elections.

Tshibaka has tapped National Public Affairs, a consulting firm made up of Trump’s top 2020 campaign advisers, to help oversee her effort. Former Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien, deputy campaign manager Justin Clark and battleground states director Nick Trainer, who relaunched the firm after the presidential election, will serve as Tshibaka’s senior advisers.

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