Notes from the trail: Fundraisers, Fairbanks, endorsements

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The count: How the latest votes, counted Wednesday, broke for the top candidates in the congressional race:

Palin 21.35%
Begich 18.97%
Peltola 14.95%
Gross 13.81%
Sweeney 7.04%
Claus 4.79%

This firms up the working theory that the early voters (April and May) were more enthusiastic for Sarah Palin, while later voters cast votes for a variety of other candidates. Note that Mary Peltola received more votes than Al Gross in these later votes as well. The Division of Elections has been tabulating the ballots in the order they were received. Another batch of votes will be tabulated and announced on June 17.

Anchorage Fundraiser: It’s fundraising time for candidates. House candidate Jay McDonald kicked off his campaign at Jalapeños in South Anchorage, as seen in the photo above, as he tries to secure House District 25 (now District 12) for conservatives once again.

Attending were Rep. James Kaufman, Sen. Mia Costello, Sen. Josh Revak, House candidate Kathy Henslee, and their spouses, and about 15 more people from the district and nearby. Fun fact: Jay McDonald is from Moose Pass originally and enlisted in the Army at age 18, right out of high school.

Doug Massie for Senate kickoff: About 40 people attended the campaign event for Republican Doug Massie, running against Republican Sen. Mike Shower of Wasilla. Massie launched harsh criticism of Shower, saying he does not work well with others. Massie recently retired from the Alaska State Troopers.

Nick Begich in Fairbanks.

Fairbanks Summer Salad Luncheon: Nick Begich headed to Fairbanks to talk with dozens of people at the Republican Summer Salad Luncheon on Tuesday, and a huge fundraiser Wednesday evening, and in between attended a Bible study.

Also appearing at the summer salad spectacular were other candidates, including Gov. Mike Dunleavy and Senate candidate Kelly Tshibaka:

Kelly Tshibaka in Fairbanks.

Media buys: Alaskans for LISA, an Alaska-based SuperPAC supporting the re-election of Sen. Lisa Murkowski, announced a major television advertising buy. The $1,512,000 TV schedule will run in Alaska markets this October and November. 

“We’ve been extremely fortunate to gather a great deal of financial support for Lisa Murkowski’s re-election. We’re spending some of our war chest to secure a significant TV schedule and get our message out right before ballots are cast,” said Eagle River resident and Alaskans for Lisa board chair Tom Wescott.

Stanley Wright campaign kickoff:

Tuckerman Babcock for Senate fundraiser in Anchorage:

Endorsements: Michael Dukes of the Michael Dukes Show has endorsed Charlie Pierce for governor. Rep. Steve Thompson has endorsed Nick Begich for Congress. Anchorage Mayor Dave Bronson endorsed Ken McCarty for Senate for Eagle River.

Tara Sweeney thoughts on primary: The candidate for Congress said in a brief statement that she and her team will be considering their next move after coming up short in the special primary election for Congress:

“Alaska, thank you.  Ten weeks ago I answered the call from Alaskans and embarked on a campaign journey with an amazing team of dedicated volunteers.  I stood before Alaskan voters ready to be judged on my experience and willingness to serve our great state in Washington, D.C.  I am humbled by the groundswell of support and numerous endorsements my campaign has attracted.  

My goal was to get into the top four in the special election.  Based on the release of returns from the Division of Elections, it looks like I will fall just short.  In the coming days I will be meeting with my campaign team and supporters to determine next steps for the regular election. I am proud of the support from those that volunteered,  hosted events, the #TeamTara campaign, and the Alaskans we reached.” 

9 COMMENTS

  1. Elon musk calculates a huge red wave. The vulnerability of voting all R down the ticket, winning R candidates forget they are one body to not be unified. The american people get tired of the disunity having a republican majority to vote democrat next election. Democrats rallying points are status and class along with threats and intimidation maintain body unity. Republicans ought to keep God and the word as their center for self accountabilty. A leader or layperson who knows and understands the word, he makes a better a more wiser thoughtful leader. Elders have said read proverbs as a daily devotion- a chapter a day. Don’t be afraid to mark up your bible so you find verses that spoke to
    you.

  2. Elon musk calculates a huge red wave coming. The vulnerability of voting all R down the ticket, winning R candidates tend to forget they are one body to not be unified. The american people get tired of the disunity having a republican majority to vote democrat next election. Democrats rallying points are status and class along with threats and intimidation to
    maintain body their unity. Republicans ought to keep God and the word as their personal center for self accountabilty as abe lincoln. A leader or layperson who knows and understands the word, he makes a better a more wiser thoughtful leader. Elders have said read proverbs as a daily devotion- a chapter a day during each month.
    . Don’t be afraid to mark up your bible so you find verses that spoke to you. Do not use verses to condemn others as a weapon. The word is as sharp as
    a two edge sword. Used on someone who does not know the word or a babe in christwill crush their spirit.

  3. Charlie Pierce, candidate for Governor was one of the speakers at the Summer Salad Festival.

    He gave a real good talk.

    • These numbers were correct when the story was written. There was another update made later, and that continues. -sd

    • Ken, you seem infatuated with that candidate that dresses like a Strumpet! I’m done with you, no more driving my Pink Corvette!

  4. The Massie are too stuck on themselves to be fair in a legislative position.
    Go for Sen. Showers in this race

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