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Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) speaks with a security guard as she stands outside the Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill on November 3, 2021 in Washington, DC. Photo: Joshua Roberts/Getty Images

Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, one of seven Republicans who voted to convict former President Trump in his second impeachment trial, announced Friday that she will seek reelection in 2022.

Why it matters: Trump, who vowed to campaign against Murkowski, has already endorsed the senator's leading primary opponent, former Alaska Commissioner of Administration Kelly Tshibaka.

Driving the news: "I'm running for reelection to continue the important work of growing our economy, strengthening our Alaska-based military and protecting our people and the natural beauty of our state," Murkowski said in a video announcing her bid.

The big picture: Murkowski has been in the U.S. Senate since 2002, when her father, Frank Murkowski, a longtime senator, selected her to finish his term when he was elected governor, AP reports. She lost the 2010 primary but won the general election as a write-in candidate.

  • Murkowski was censured in March by the Alaska GOP for voting to convict Trump at his second impeachment trial.
  • Murkowski is the only Republican senator who voted to convict Trump that is seeking reelection in 2022, Politico reports.

What she's saying: "In this election, lower 48 outsiders are going to try to grab Alaska's Senate seat for their partisan agendas. They don't understand our state and frankly, they couldn't care less about your future," Murkowski said.

  • "My commitment to Alaska is the same one I made during my first campaign. I will work with anyone, from either party, to advance Alaska's priorities. And I will always stand up to any politician or special interest that threatens our way of life."

Tshibaka in a statement on Friday said: "It’s now official that Lisa Murkowski won’t relinquish the Senate seat her father appointed her to 20 years ago, but it’s just as clear that Alaskans are fed up with her."

  • "I am running to give voice to the people of Alaska, because I want to stand up for them like they have stood up for me. It's time for new conservative leaders with courage and common sense to lead our nation forward, and I stand ready to step into that responsibility."

Go deeper: Alaska GOP endorses Murkowski challenger in U.S. Senate race

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Updated Nov 18, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Democratic retirements spark worry over holding House majority

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Data: House Press Gallery; Table: Danielle Alberti/Axios

Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) is the latest House lawmaker to announce he won't seek re-election next year, bringing the total number of Democratic retirements to 15, compared to 10 Republicans.

Why it matters: The increasing number of Democratic retirements — put against the backdrop of President Biden's sagging approval ratings and uncertainty about redistricting — is adding to concerns the party may not be able to keep its slim majority in the House.

Storms pummel flood-hit Pacific Northwest as border river overflows

An image of the water-logged Sumas Prairie area taken last Friday. Photo: B.C. Ministry of Transportation/Twitter.

The latest ferocious storm system to hit the Pacific Northwest triggered fresh evacuation orders and at least one mudslide in flood-ravaged British Columbia, Canada, late Sunday.

Threat level: Flood sirens sounded in Washington state as the Nooksack River overflowed. Henry Braun, mayor of Abbotsford, B.C., told reporters the water flow was headed toward the Canadian border city later Sunday. "There's nothing to stop it," he said.

Updated 4 hours ago - Health

First North American Omicron cases identified in Canada

COVID-19 testing personnel at Toronto Pearson International Airport in September. Photo: Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images

The first two cases of the new Omicron variant have been detected in North America, the Canadian government announced Sunday evening.

Driving the news: The World Health Organization has named Omicron a "variant of concern," but cautioned earlier on Sunday that it is not yet clear whether it's more transmissible than other strains of COVID-19.

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