Palin and Tshibaka Losses in Alaska Add to Trump's Midterm Failures

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Former President Donald Trump is pictured behind then-House candidate Sarah Palin at a rally for her and then-Senate hopeful Kelly Tshibaka in Anchorage, Alaska, on July 9, 2022. Palin and Tshibaka lost their elections after final results were released on Wednesday, joining a long list of high-profile candidates who were defeated after receiving endorsement from Trump. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Republican candidates endorsed by former President Donald Trump in Alaska have lost their elections, joining a list of other high-profile hopefuls backed by Trump who failed in this year's midterms.

Democrat Mary Peltola, Alaska's at-large U.S. representative, was elected to a full term after the Alaska Division of Elections released a final vote count and a ranked-choice voting tabulation on Wednesday. She defeated Trump-backed Republican candidate Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor and the 2008 GOP nominee for vice president.

Incumbent GOP Senator Lisa Murkowski also emerged victorious after a challenge from Trump endorsee Kelly Tshibaka, a self-described "America first" Republican. Murkowski became a frequent target of the former president after she voted to impeach him due to his activities regarding the January 6 insurrection.

Tshibaka's defeat follows U.S. Senate election losses by fellow Trump endorsees Blake Masters of Arizona; Mehmet Oz of Pennsylvania; Leora Levy of Connecticut; Don Bolduc of New Hampshire; Gerald Molloy of Vermont; and Adam Laxalt of Nevada.

In addition to Palin, Trump-backed U.S. House candidates who lost include: Joe Kent of Washington State; Bo Hines and Sandy Smith of North Carolina; John Gibbs of Michigan; Kelly Cooper of Arizona; Karoline Leavitt and Bob Burns of New Hampshire; Madison Gesiotto Gilbert, J.R. Majewski and Steve Chabot of Ohio; Jim Bognet of Pennsylvania; and Yesli Vega of Virginia.

Republican gubernatorial candidates who lost their elections after being endorsed by the former president include Kari Lake of Arizona; Tudor Dixon of Michigan; Doug Mastriano of Pennsylvania; and Tim Michels of Wisconsin.

A number of other high-profile candidates who were backed by Trump also lost their elections for influential state offices like secretary of state and attorney general.

Trump's endorsement failures have sparked significant backlash among some Republicans, including those who have urged the party to move on from the former president despite his post-midterms announcement of a third presidential run.

Many who previously backed Trump have more recently suggested Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis, who has not announced his candidacy, as their preferred candidate for 2024.

"Trump voters are fed up with all the Trump-focused hysteria, and they want someone different, and they see Ron DeSantis at this point as being different," GOP pollster Frank Luntz said during an MSNBC interview this week.

The former president has insisted that his midterm picks were a "great success" while lamenting a lack of "congratulations or praise" from Republicans. He has also claimed, without evidence, that some of his endorsed candidates were victims of "voter fraud."

In addition, Trump has pointed out that a large majority of his picks did win their elections. However, he has failed to note that most of his victorious endorsees were running in heavily Republican areas and would have been expected to win regardless of his endorsement.

Newsweek has reached out to Trump's office for comment.