Political observers are waiting for the other shoe to drop in court to challenge the Division of Elections on its decision to move the special general election ballot ahead with just three candidates: Sarah Palin, Nick Begich, and Mary Peltola. Al Gross has dropped from the race after the primary results put him in third place.
Although the Tara Sweeney campaign does not intend to sue over the decision to not allow Sweeney to move up, another group may do so today. Stay tuned. It’s dynamic.
An updated statement from the Sweeney campaign on Wednesday indicates a court challenge is underway:
“The special primary election has not been certified yet, but it looks like Nick Begich has already called in the lawyers. Our campaign will continue to wait for the election to be certified. While we do not intend to litigate the Division of Elections’ current opinion, this matter may ultimately be decided by the courts.” – Karina Waller, campaign manager (emphasis ours).
Endorsements: Former Sen. John Coghill has endorsed Nick Begich for Congress. Coghill was a candidate in the special primary election. Eddie Grasser has also endorsed Nick Begich for Congress. He’s in the Dunleavy Administration, the director of Wildlife Conservation at ADF&G and a retired guide from Palmer.
Events: Lots and lots of events piling up this week. Check recent editions of “Notes from the trail” for others not included here.
Today in Wasilla, a fundraiser for Nick Begich for Congress has well over 100 co-hosts:
Suzanne Downing and Bernadette Wilson will be guys speakers at the Kenai Peninsula Republican Women’s luncheon at Paradisos Restaurant on Friday:
On Saturday, look for your friends and car-fans at the Charlie Pierce Car Show:
Tuckerman Babcock for Senate (Kenai) will be in Anchorage for a fundraiser on June 28:
In Fairbanks, Elijah Verhagen is vying for Senate Seat R and has a fundraiser on June 28 at The Pump House: