Lt. Gov. Nancy Dahlstrom’s name appears on a federal filing from the Grow the Majority political action committee, which is a GOP super PAC associated with U.S. House Republicans. The PAC didn’t make any contributions to federal candidates in the 2022 election cycle, according to OpenSecrets.org.
Dahlstrom was back in Washington, D.C. building support from national political fundraising entities; she announced as a candidate for Congress one month ago. A Republican, she decided she would have a better chance of beating Rep. Mary Peltola than Nick Begich, the Republican who had announced his run in June.
Begich was the third choice for voters in 2022, with 28% of the first ballot during the 2022 general election, after Peltola, a Democrat, and Sarah Palin, a Republican.
With open primaries in Alaska since 2022, and ranked-choice voting general elections, registered Republican voters of a party no longer decide who goes to from the primary to the general election on behalf of their party. That’s now up to everyone who votes in the primary, including Democrats, Socialists, Green Party members. The top four go to the general election, and in a Republican state like Alaska, it is likely there will be at least one more conservative to announce for Congress before the deadline, June 1, 2024.