Senator Dan Sullivan fends off challenge from Dr. Al Gross, wins reelection
WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - After a historic campaign that saw an influx of outside money, Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) defeated Dr. Al Gross to keep his seat in the U.S. Senate. The Associate Press called the race Wednesday, more than a week after Election day.
Gross, the Independent candidate, was well-funded by Democratic donors, but the financial backing proved not to be enough. It was Sullivan’s first reelection bid after winning in 2014. Despite Alaska’s conservative streak, experts deemed this race one to watch in the last few weeks of the campaign because of the implications for the balance of power in the U.S. Senate.
Rep. Don Young (R-AK) also took down an Independent challenger in Alyse Galvin. Young, the longest serving member in the U.S. House of Representatives also found himself in a race that garnered the attention of national Democrats, hopeful of expanding their majority in the House with a win in Alaska. Election forecasters did not predict either incumbent to lose, but the tightness of polls and a historic number of mail-in-ballots kept Alaskans and the rest of the country waiting for days to see the results.
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