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AK-Sen: Newsweek, “A Grizzly-Fighting, Independent Doctor Could Help Democrats Turn the Senate Blue”

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Newsweek has a really good piece out about Dr. Al Gross (I. AK) who is running to unseat U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R. AK) that’s worth a read:

Dr. Gross, who also is a commercial fisherman, is gunning for Republican Senator Dan Sullivan’s seat. With Gross recently out-fundraising his opponent, the state’s political makeup and the absence of a Democratic candidate, the independent has caught the eye of the Democratic Party. He has snagged endorsements from the state and the national party.

And if he is elected, Dr. Gross is all in to caucus with the Democrats, just like the Senate’s current two independents—Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Angus King of Maine—meaning Democrats would be one seat closer to flipping the upper chamber. Democrats need to win three GOP-held seats if former Vice President Joe Biden wins the election or four, if President Trump is re-elected.

Dr. Gross also would like a leadership role with Democrats to tackle health care issues, should he win.

“I am not happy at all with the Republican Party because they supported Trump in his disdain for public health officials,” Dr. Gross told Newsweek. “Democrats recognize there was a fiscal emergency for all these unemployed people.”

The majority of Alaskan voters are unaffiliated with a political party, which could bode well for Dr. Gross. The state has had just eight senators since they were admitted to the union in 1959: four Democrats and four Republicans. Sullivan eked out a victory over Democratic incumbent Mark Begich in 2014 by just 2.2 percent—or 6,014 votes.

“I think that that could be a really interesting match-up,” a spokesperson for the Senate Democrats’ campaign arm, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), told Newsweek. “We endorse people we know are going to be rooted in what is right for their races. I think he’s going to represent a point of view from his state. That’s important.”

Let’s get rid of Sullivan and Moscow Mitch and flip the Senate blue. Click here to donate and get involved with Gross’ campaign.

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