83,849 ballots have been cast in the special U.S. House race — the ballot that has 48 names on it of people who could replace the late Congressman Don Young. That’s a huge number of ballots in, indicating the total will be over 130,000 for this primary, with its June 11 deadline.
Endorsements: Libby Bakalar has endorsed Mary Peltola for Congress. Libby is the muni attorney for Bethel by day and a raunchy social media influencer by night.
Sen. Mia Costello has endorsed Nick Begich for Congress. She is a state senator in Anchorage, who many have considered a likely, someday, candidate for Congress. She is also a former aide to the late Sen. Ted Stevens.
A whole bunch of people have endorsed Tuckerman Babcock for Senate District D, Kenai. It looks like the Kenai Peninsula phone book. Here’s the list:
Who has filed: Joe Wright has filed for Senate Seat L, Eagle River, now that the Supreme Court has drawn the lines.
Ashley Carrick, registered Democrat and aide to Rep. Adam Wool, has filed for his seat. Wool is not running this year for re-election for Fairbanks.
Ross Beiling has filed for House to serve in the Anchorage hillside seat now repped by Rep. James Kaufman, who is running for Senate in the seat being vacated by Sen. Josh Revak. The House seat is now called District 11. Jennifer Sonne, a hardcore leftists, is also running for that seat.
Sen. Lora Reinbold not running: In a lengthy video posted on social media Wednesday, Republican Sen. Lora Reinbold of Eagle River says she will not run for reelection. She has lots of things to say; here is the link from her Facebook page.