Democrats persuaded primary winner Anita Thorne of Anchorage to drop out of her race for Senate Seat M, where Republican Sen. Josh Revak is running for reelection.
Thorne was strong enough to take on Revak, while a pretend independent candidate might have a shot in that moderate district.
Andy Holleman, of the Anchorage School Board, is that pseudo-nonpartisan who skipped the primary and went directly to the General Election ballot to give Revak a workout this fall. Appointed to the seat to fill in for the late Sen. Chris Birch, Revak must now convince his district to keep him.
In House District 28, South Anchorage Assembly member Suzanne LaFrance was subbed in for Democratic Primary winner Adam Lees, who was forced out. Although LaFrance never messed with the Primary, she’ll face James Kaufman in the General Election. Kaufman won the Republican primary against incumbent Jennifer Johnston. LaFrance is a member of the radical left majority running Anchorage.
District 14 Democrat primary winner Bruce Batten also quit today so that a pseudo-independent, Mike Risinger, has a chance to beat Republican Rep. Kelly Merrick.
Sen. Shelley Hughes in the Mat-Su District F seat won’t face Stephany Jeffers, who won the primary for the Democrats. Jeffers was swapped out by the party with Jim Cooper, the former mayor of Palmer. Hughes will be flanked on the right by Libertarian Gavin Christiansen.
L is for leftovers in the District L race, where Jeff Landfield pulled out so that Democrat Roselynn Cacy can take on Sen. Natasha von Imhof. Although Von Imhof has money and incumbency on her side, Cacy is an experienced candidate who ran for this seat in 2016.
Republicans did not sub in candidates as the Democrats and their camouflage “independents” did. It’s a technique used by the Left in Alaska to try to gain advantage in a state that typically votes with Republicans, but is also proudly independent.