American Independent: This Alaskan outdoorsman just might run a GOP senator out of office

Gross, an orthopedic surgeon, is running for U.S. Senate as an independent to unseat incumbent Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK). At first, political spectators saw Gross as a curiosity, not a serious candidate. His stories about the Alaskan wilderness led some to label him as a “mythical creature conjured up by consultants” with no real chance of victory.

But polling released at the end of last month shows Gross down by just 1 point, well within striking distance of his Republican opponent, who was beating him handily by 13 points in mid-July. Alaska hasn’t gone blue in a presidential election since 1964, but given Gross’ precipitous rise in the polls, and Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s ranking as the second least popular senator in Congress, Democrats have turned their focus toward the last frontier state.

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