Lisa Murkowski says she won't vote for Trump

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Republican of Alaska, said in an interview published Sunday that she would not vote for former President Donald J. Trump. She also did not rule out the possibility of leaving the Republican Party.

In the interview that Ms. Murkowski given to CNN, she said she would “absolutely” not support Mr. Trump in the November general election. She said she wishes Republicans would nominate someone she could vote for, but she “certainly can't support Donald Trump.”

When asked if she might leave the party and become an independent, she said she considered herself “very independent-minded” and added: “I just regret that our party is apparently becoming a party of Donald Trump. But she didn't give a yes or no answer, saying: “I'm going through a very interesting political time.” Let's stay there.

Ms. Murkowski, who has served in the Senate for more than 20 years, has long been more moderate than many Republicans. Among other rare positions in her party, she supports abortion rights and she has long criticized Mr. Trump, including voting to convict him during his impeachment trial after the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol.

But most Republican lawmakers, even those who denounced Mr. Trump after January 6, fell behind him as it became clear that he will be the party's nominee for president.

Ms. Murkowski's statement that she will not vote for Mr. Trump puts her in the company of a small number of prominent anti-Trump Republicans, including Senator Mitt Romney of Utah and former Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming. Mr. Romney and Ms. Cheney have said they would not vote for the former president.

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