by James Brooks, Alaska Beacon
June 29, 2022
Former President Donald Trump will visit Anchorage on July 9 and hold a rally at the Alaska Airlines Center in support of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kelly Tshibaka, Republican U.S. House candidate Sarah Palin and Republican governor candidate Mike Dunleavy, the incumbent.
The rally was confirmed Wednesday by the Tshibaka campaign but had been teased for more than a year.
According to preliminary details released by the former president’s office, the Trump event will begin at 11 a.m. with to-be-announced entertainment. A series of speakers will begin talking at 1 p.m. and continue until 4 p.m., when the president is scheduled to deliver remarks.
Parking will open at 6 a.m. that morning.
Ticket reservations are being accepted online.
The former president said in March 2021 that he intended to travel to Alaska and campaign against incumbent U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, one of seven Republican senators to vote in favor of his impeachment.
Tshibaka is Murkowski’s leading Republican challenger and obtained Trump’s endorsement a year ago. Dunleavy, who is seeking re-election, received Trump’s endorsement after agreeing to not support Murkowski, a precondition set by the president.
Nineteen candidates, including Murkowski and Tshibaka, have signed up for the Aug. 16 U.S. Senate primary. Voters will select one candidate on that ballot, and the top four vote-getters will advance to the Nov. 8 general election.
In that election, voters will rank the candidates in order of preference, and a winner will be chosen by ranked-choice voting.
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