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Notes from the trail: Sweeney campaign hints there’s a court challenge coming, and fundraisers on calendar

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.

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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:

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Suzanne Downing
Suzanne Downing
Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.


  1. Was expecting this. We all know what side you need to be on when it comes to ignoring the law. And it certainly isn’t the Conservative. Sweeney is definitely NOT on our side.

  2. Republican Tara Sweeney’s campaign does not plan to sue over a finding released by Alaska elections officials that Sweeney cannot advance to the special election for U.S. House following the withdrawal of Al Gross, Sweeney’s campaign manager said Wednesday.

  3. Based on channel 2’s news report, it appears that the Division of Elections is inviting (encouraging?) a lawsuit.

  4. Sweeney doesn’t plan to sue personally, but she welcomes a suit by others? Who? Native Corporations bringing a class action suit against all those white racist voters?

  5. Corruption always happens in an election when the campaigner doesn’t make the draw. What next on the illegal chain of events for her?

  6. I was at the meet and greet in Wasilla last evening for Nick.

    Mr and Mrs Palin were there and told why they endorsed Nick over Sarah.

    It all boiled down to policy and trust or lack there of as to Sarah and a strong enduring trust in Nick and his vision and policy views.

  7. And the hits keep coming for the Begich campaign! An endorsement by Coghill? With friends like that who needs enemies?

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