Al Gross withdraws from the Special Primary Election

Published: Jun. 21, 2022 at 5:09 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Al Gross has ended his campaign from the Special Primary Election for Alaska’s U.S. House seat. A Monday evening statement from the Associated Press said Gross is withdrawing from the special election and from the regular election.

On Tuesday morning, Gross officially withdrew from the race, as confirmed by Gail Fenumiai, the Director of the Division of Elections.

The special election spot vacated by Gross will not be filled by another candidate. Republican Tara Sweeney, who currently sits in fifth-place will not advance to the top four and will not advance to the August special general election.

Fenumiai explained, “Because this withdrawal occurred less than 64 days before the election, Alaska law does not permit another candidate to move up to replace the spot vacated by a previously nominated candidate that has withdrawn.”

The law says, “If a candidate nominated at the primary election ... withdraws ... after the primary election and 64 or more days before the general election, the vacancy shall be filled by the director by replacing the withdrawn candidate with the candidate who received the fifth most votes in the primary election.”

Because the special general election is only 56 days away, the fifth-place candidate is not allowed to replace the fifth-place candidate on the ballot.

The Division of Elections went on to say Dr. Gross’ name will be removed from the special general ballot. They expect to certify the election on or before Saturday, June 25 and finalize on June 28.

The latest Division of Election results ARE HERE, updated June 21, 2022 at 5:38 p.m.

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