• October 2, 2022

WOW! Sarah Palin Just Got Handed A HUGE Gift!

On Monday night, Independent orthopedic surgeon Al Gross announced that he was withdrawing from the race, citing his status as a nonpartisan candidate and saying there aretwo outstanding Alaska Native women in this race who would both serve our state well.”

Here’s what Gross wrote on his campaign website Tuesday, the day after disclosing his plans, “I am confident that I am making the right decision. Unfortunately, Alaska and the United States are deadlocked right now, and Monica and I have decided that it is too difficult to run as a nonpartisan candidate in this race.”

He added, “I still believe that when people with differing opinions listen to each other and work together, problems get solved. Maybe we can reach that place sometime in the future. I hope we do.”

Gross departure will seemingly increase the odds of Palin winning the special election. He ranked in 3rd place in the special primary, behind former Gov. Sarah Palin and businessman Nick Begich, both Republicans.

The top four vote-getters advance to the August special election.

Here’s what Yahoo News reported:

State elections officials planned a final ballot count Tuesday in a race that featured a whopping 48 candidates. Officials have targeted certification of the special primary by Saturday.

This was the first election under a system approved by voters that scraps party primaries and institutes ranked choice voting in general elections. All 48 candidates in the special primary appeared on the same, one-page ballot.

Gross had given no public indication that a shakeup was coming.

On social media Friday, Gross said he was “thrilled” to earn the endorsement of an electrical workers union.

“Working men and women can trust that they can always count on me to fight for them and stand up to powerful corporate and special interests on their behalf,” he said in a fundraising appeal that also featured the words “Stop Sarah Palin!”

“Chip in today to help us bring independent leadership to Alaska,” the post says.

On Monday, his campaign posted a photo of him at a brewery over the weekend.

Then later in the day his campaign released a statement saying he would withdraw from the special and regular elections for the seat left vacant by the death in March of Republican Rep. Don Young. Young had held the seat for 49 years.

The special election is scheduled to fill the state’s only House seat left vacant by Young’s death. Young, 88, died suddenly on March 18 on a commercial flight from Los Angeles to Seattle. 

Like Young, both Palin and Begich are Republicans. Gross’ withdrawal minimizes the possibility of the Alaskan seat slipping out of GOP control.

The August regular primary and November general election will determine who will serve a new two-year term starting in January.

Palin, the former governor of Alaska, received an endorsement from former President Donald Trump after announcing her candidacy.

Sources: WLT, Yahoo News 

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