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Nick Begich, Mary Peltola and Sarah Palin are turning their focus to the upcoming general election in August.
Former President Donald Trump will lead a rally at the Alaska Airlines Center at UAA on July 9.
At candidate forums this week, candidates in Alaska’s U.S. House special election stood apart not just in what they said but in how they said it.
The court did not elaborate on its reasoning but said a full opinion will follow at a later date.
Final preliminary results posted by the Division of Elections show 161,614 people, or 27.5% of registered voters, voted in the special primary election for U.S. House.
A top Alaska elections official said the fifth-place finisher in the special primary for Alaska’s U.S. House seat, Tara Sweeney, will not advance to an August special election following the withdrawal of independent Al Gross, who was in third place. She invited anyone who disagrees to “file suit immediately.”
Independent Al Gross withdrew Monday from both the special and general elections and urged supporters to consider voting for Democrat Mary Peltola or Republican Tara Sweeney.
Observers say they’re concerned that voters are being disenfranchised and that the problem could grow
Sarah Palin, Nick Begich III, Al Gross and Mary Peltola were the top vote-getters among 48 candidates in last week’s special primary. The election was the first under a system approved by voters that ends party primaries and institutes ranked choice voting in general elections.
Friday marked a third day of ballot counting. Peltola rounds out the field of four candidates whose names will appear on the ballot in August’s special general election.
Democratic candidate Chris Constant has become the first to pull out of the regular U.S. House race after his campaign failed to gain traction in the special election.
By Wednesday evening, officials had counted nearly 134,000 ballots. Another count is expected Friday, with a final count Tuesday and a goal of certifying the election results June 25.
Three candidates appear likely to advance to the August runoff. But the fourth is still uncertain, and tens of thousands of votes remain uncounted. We ask and answer some burning questions about how Alaska’s special election will play out.
With about 78% of the nearly 140,000 ballots received through Saturday counted, results in Alaska’s 48-candidate mail-in primary election show Republicans Sarah Palin and Nick Begich taking early leads, followed by independent Al Gross and Democrat Mary Peltola. The top four candidates advance to the August election.
It marks the end of a unique 48-candidate primary to determine which four advance to an election in August to fill out the term of former U.S. Don Young. The first round of results is expected Saturday night.
State officials late Saturday will start counting the more than 100,000 ballots that will decide which four of the 48 candidates in Alaska’s special U.S. House race will advance to the special general election.
With days left until the voting deadline in the special U.S. House primary, the Alaska State Commission for Human Rights is suing the lieutenant governor and the Division of Elections. A hearing was scheduled for Friday.
Winning candidates can recoup the money they lend to their campaigns in post-election fundraising — a situation one campaign finance expert described as “basically legalized bribery.”
More than 110,000 Alaskans have already voted, with days left until the Saturday deadline to cast primary ballots for one of the 48 candidates running in the special election for Alaska’s lone U.S. House seat.
The pool of candidates is slightly smaller than the field of 48 who are running in the earlier special election to serve out the final four months of former Rep. Don Young’s term.
Palin’s Alaska donations include $250 from Randy Ruaro, one of her former top aides who now works as chief of staff to Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy.
Voting opened Friday at almost 170 locations statewide for the special primary election to temporarily replace U.S. Rep. Don Young.
The refuge has become a flash point among left-leaning candidates in Alaska’s special U.S. House election, in which 48 people are vying to replace the late Rep. Don Young.
Alaska’s U.S. senators called the Texas shooting a “horror” but like other Republicans, they have not expressed support for additional gun-control measures.