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Lisa Murkowski walked a tightrope in Alaska when she voted 'no' on Obamacare repeal

Lisa Murkowski walked a tightrope in Alaska when she voted 'no' on Obamacare repeal

Before the “no” votes and the Trump tweet and the bare-knuckle threats from her Washington colleagues, there was a time when Sen. Lisa Murkowski struck many Alaskans as overly cautious.

“Her first term [in the U.S. Senate], I think she tended to migrate closer toward the Republican leadership,” said Andrew Halcro, an old friend who served with Murkowski in the Alaska Legislature. “That did frustrate a lot of us more moderate Republicans that were used to seeing her take a more middle ground.”

That was then. After an unlikely path to the Senate and surviving her own party’s attempt to defeat her in a general election, Murkow-ski has grown bolder.

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