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+Dan Sullivan (R) i
191,112
53.90%
Al Gross (I/D)
146,068
41.19%
John Wayne Howe (AIP)
16,806
4.74%
write-ins 601
0.17%

354,587

Registration: 595,647.  Ballots cast: 361,400.
Plurality: 45,044 votes (12.71 percentage points)

 AK Division of Elections



Notes:
Freshman Sen. Dan Sullivan (R) won a second term, defeating Dr. Al Gross (I/D) and John Wayne Howe (AIP).  Sullivan previously served as Alaska Attorney General and in the George W. Bush administration and is a Marine Corps veteran.  Gross is a commercial fisherman and orthopedic surgeon (he left full-time practice in 2013).

Primaries were held on Aug. 18. Sullivan was unchallenged in the Republican primary and Gross, running as an independent candidate, won 79.87% of the vote in the Democratic primary.

Sullivan and Gross participated in three debates/forums. The first, held via Zoom on Oct. 10, was hosted by the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce, ComFish and KMXT public radio, and focused on fisheries issues (>). The second, "Debate for the State," hosted by Alaska Public Media and Alaska's News Source, took place on Oct. 23 (>).  Gross appeared in studio with the moderators, while Sullivan joined remotely from Washington, DC.  Finally, the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce held a virtual forum with both U.S. Senate and House candidates on Oct. 27 (>). 

Excerpts from the opening statements at the Oct. 23 debate:

Gross: "...Alaskans deserve to have a Senator that they can trust, and we can't trust Dan Sullivan.  In fact he's about to vote for a justice that will take coverage away from pre-existing conditions.  Dan is hurting Alaska, from his support for Pebble Mine to his billion dollar family company doing direct business with the communist government of China.  Tonight you'll hear Dan say a lot about Schumer and Pelosi, but that's absurd.  I'm an Alaskan and I'm always going to put Alaska first..."

Sullivan: "As your Senator, I promised to work with all of you to get big things done for our state, and we have.  Opening ANWR [inaud.] to new development, rebuilding our military, cleaning up our oceans, protecting pre-existing conditions, and addressing critical issues...  My opponent and I have very different visions for Alaska.  I'm focused on the historic progress we've made with jobs and opportunity.  My opponent will empower DC politicians who have an anti-Alaska agenda that will shut down our economy and military..."

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, spending in the race totaled $56.6 million, $29.4 million by the campaigns (>) and $27.3 million by outside groups (>).  The Gross campaign outspent the Sullivan campaign by $19.4 million to $10.0 million.  Pro-Sullivan outside groups spent $14.5 million, led by North Star PAC ($6.9 million), Senate Leadership Fund ($6.4 million) and the NRSC ($2.5 million).  Pro-Gross groups spent $12.8 million, led by The Lincoln Project ($4.3 million), 314 Action Fund ($2.5 million) and Independent Alaska ($2.1 million).


Campaign Managers:
Dan Sullivan:  Matt Shuckerow
(Nov. 2019)  Press secretary to Gov. Mike Dunleavy, Jan.-Nov. 2019.  Deputy communications director and spokesman to Sen. Sullivan, Nov. 2017-Nov. 2019.  Communications director and spokesman to U.S. Rep. Don Young, Nov. 2013-Nov. 2017.  Press secretary (Dec. 2019-Nov. 2013), legislative correspondent and intern program coordinator (Mar.-Dec. 2012) and staff assistant and intern program coordinator (Mar. 2011-Mar. 2012); and intern program coordinatgor (May-Aug. 2010).  Deckhand/crewmember at Fleming Fisheries, 2005-09.  B.A. in journalism from University of Nevada, Reno, 2010.

Al Gross:  David Keith
Campaign manager on Randy Bryce for Congress, June 2017-Dec. 2018.  Campaign manager on Jimmy Gomez for Congress (Los Angeles), Dec. 2016-June 2017.  Campaign manager on Eloise Reyes for Assembly, Nov. 2015-Nov. 2016.  National finance director/political director on the Committee to Elect Alan Grayson/GUTS PAC, Jan. 2014-Oct. 2015.  Deputy campaign manager on Chicago for Chuy Garcia, Feb.-Apr. 2015.  Finance director on Pete Gallego for Congress (TX), Mar.-Nov. 2012.  B.S. in economics from Vassar College, 2014.

 




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