Another Tuesday, another set of primaries. This week, it’s primaries in Wyoming and Alaska (which features a special election, as well). Here’s what to keep an eye on per DDHQ:
We get double the fun in Alaska as there’s a special election to fill the remainder of the term for Republican Don Young, who died in March. Alaska has Ranked Choice Voting, so the initial contest (held in June) narrowed the list down to four, including former governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, Nick Begich III (whose father held the seat before Don Young), Al Gross (who ran for U.S. Senate in 2020), and Democrat Mary Peltola. Gross has since withdrawn from the race. Depending on how close it is, the final outcome may not be known until all ballots are in (15 days from today).
Palin, Begich, and Peltola are simultaneously competing in the primary for that same seat, along with 19 others. The top four from that contest will then face off again in November for the next term.
In the GOP Senate race, it’s Trump-endorsed Kelly Tshibaka versus incumbent Senator Lisa Murkowski, who, of course, voted to convict Trump in his second impeachment trial. Again, with this being a Ranked Choice/top four scenario, both candidates could very well advance to the November showdown.
In the Governor’s race, Republican incumbent Mike Dunleavy faces several challengers. Per Alaska Public Media:
When Mike Dunleavy ran for governor four years ago, he was the conservative candidate, running far to the right of the incumbent. Now, as he vies for re-election, Dunleavy has got two well-funded candidates running to the right of him: Wasilla Rep. Christopher Kurka and Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce.
Next week’s primary election is going to pare the list of 10 gubernatorial candidates to four, and it’s unlikely that Kurka and Pierce can both survive. The challengers are trying to distinguish themselves from each other, and from Dunleavy primarily on performance and commitment.
Overview: Polls close at 7:00 pm MST. Winners are first-past-the-post.
Of course, when it comes to Wyoming, all eyes are on the at-large Republican primary between Liz Cheney and Harriet Hageman. Polls show a distinct advantage to Hageman and likely for good reason. But some in the know caution not to take anything for granted. This is one we should have an answer to Tuesday night.
Republican incumbent Governor Mark Gordon is also seeking re-election.
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