ADN Politics podcast: A very special primary

Listen: ADN journalists analyze what happened in Alaska’s Aug. 16 election — and what happens next.

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A very special primary

After months of campaigning, lots of national attention and more than a few surprises, Alaskans on Tuesday went to the polls in the state’s first full primary election since the 2020 passage of an elections overhaul.

We’re unpacking what happened and what it means between now and November with ADN politics reporter Iris Samuels.

The primary was as unusual as it was historic. There’s the race to replace the late Don Young in the U.S. House, and primary races where candidates from any and all political parties appeared side by side on the ballot. The election is also a test of whether a Republican senator who voted to impeach former President Trump can still win. And – it was Alaska’s first time trying out the new ranked choice voting system.

Results are still being counted, but once they firm up they’ll shape what happens between now and November, determining who Alaskans will send to the U.S House, the Senate, the governor’s mansion and 59 of the 60 seats in the Legislature.

Host: Elizabeth Harball. Guest: Iris Samuels. Produced by Elizabeth Harball, Zachariah Hughes and Evan Phillips. Editor: David Hulen.

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