Press Release: Cook Political Report Confirms Dr. Al Gross Has All The Momentum in Alaska

The race between independent Dr. Al Gross and GOP incumbent Dan Sullivan is closer than ever before.

ANCHORAGE, AK — Earlier today, Cook Political Report shifted their rating for the Alaska Senate race from “Likely Republican” to “Leans Republican,” signaling that the contest between independent Dr. Al Gross and GOP incumbent Dan Sullivan is closer than ever before.

The rating shift comes just two weeks after a similar shift from Sabato’s Crystal Ball, and as OZY recently labeled the race as a toss-up. Recent polling shows the race to be within a single point.

“Alaskans are seriously worried about Dan Sullivan’s leadership, especially in recent weeks,” said Julia Savel, Communications Director for the Dr, Al Gross for Alaska. “With questions about the future of Alaska’s economy, COVID-19, the Supreme Court, healthcare and so much more, Dan Sullivan has either stayed quiet or parroted his party bosses at every turn—clearly indicating that he just can’t think for himself. On the other hand, Al Gross brings a vision for an economy that works for all Alaskans, a commitment to addressing this administration’s failed response to the coronavirus, and leadership Alaskans can actually count on. Much like Cook, Crystal Ball, and OZY, Dr. Gross is more confident than ever that Alaska will have a new senator come January.”

All in all, recent reporting shows two campaigns on drastically different trajectories. For Dr. Gross, an upswell of support saw the independent candidate more than double his cash-on-hand in September, with endorsements from the AFL-CIO and IAM Local 601 also piling up. For Sullivan, scandal after scandal continues to rock his re-election bid. From the Pebble Mine tapes, to tainted campaign donations from the mine’s now ex-CEO, to his hypocritical support of this year’s Supreme Court nomination process, Sullivan is showing he’s just not cut out for the job. 

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