Press Release: Dr. Al Gross Declares Victory in Alaska Primary

ANCHORAGE, AK—Last night, Alaska’s Democratic primary election was called by the Associated Press, officially awarding the nomination to Dr. Al Gross, an independent from Anchorage. With 93% of precincts reporting, the division of elections has him with 75% of the vote, up by almost 20,000 votes over the next closest candidate on the Democratic ballot.

Dr. Gross addressed supporters and union workers following his victory and the receipt of a key union endorsement. If you missed it, you can watch a recording of his speech here.

I’m not looking for a job by running for the Senate. I’m looking to do a job, and to bring jobs and robust economic growth back to our state,” said Dr. Gross. “I sought this nomination not as a Democrat, not as a Republican, but as an independent because it’s time for the parties to come together and quit this partisan stalemate that is hurting Alaska every single day.

As a medical doctor who understands the pain this pandemic has caused working families, as a commercial fisherman who’s outraged at the havoc Sullivan’s trade wars have had on our industry, and as a lifelong Alaskan who’s seen climate change transform our state before my very eyes—I know that we can do better than swampy partisan politics. While tonight the primary comes to a close, tomorrow, our mission begins to create an historic coalition. This fight won’t be easy, but I’m inspired to know that I’m not in it alone. I hope to inspire you to join us in our fight to take this seat back from the outside special interests.

Dr. Gross, a lifelong Alaskan, commercial fisherman, small business owner, and orthopedic surgeon is seeking to unseat Dan Sullivan and bring Alaskan independence to the U.S. Senate. Dan Sullivan votes his party’s line over 90% of the time—roughly 30% more often than Alaska’s other senator, Lisa Murkowski.

Dr. Gross’ victory marks the official start of one of the most competitive Senate races in the country this year and puts Alaska on the map as a key pathway to flipping the Senate come November.