Republican Tara Sweeney, who struggled to get traction in her run for U.S. Congress, has officially suspended her campaign. She made the announcement on Instagram on Tuesday, saying she’s taking her name out of the final four that will appear on the November ranked choice ballot.
“Looking at the outcome of the Regular Primary election, I don’t see a path to victory, nor to raise the resources needed to be successful this November,” she wrote. While she did not say who she would endorse, she said she looks “forward to working with a true Alaskan willing to carry forward the legacy of Don Young while serving in Congress.
That leaves just three people on the ballot for the regular general election — Sarah Palin, Mary Peltola, and Nick Begich, the same three who were on the ballot for the special primary election, whose results are not yet finalized.
Sweeney came in fifth in the special primary election, but after Al Gross was forced out by unknown forces, her name was not added to the special general election ballot.
Edited: The same pattern will not repeat for the regular general election — by her dropping out early, Libertarian Chris Bye will be on the ballot in November.
Sweeney had only gotten 3.7% of the votes in the regular primary election.