Al Gross to withdraw from U.S. House race, sources report

Sources familiar with the Al Gross campaign tell the Landmine that Independent candidate Al Gross plans to withdraw from the special general congressional election to replace the late Don Young.

With the vast of majority of primary votes counted, Gross is currently in third place with 12.65%. Republican Sarah Palin is in first place with 27.59%, Republican Nick Begich is in second place with 19.27%, and Democrat Mary Peltola is in fourth place with 9.44%. The special primary election is scheduled to be certified on June 25.

In the new voting system that voters approved in 2020, the top-four primary candidates advance to a ranked choice general. If one of the top-four withdraws before the deadline – which is June 26 for the special general election – the fifth place finisher moves up. Republican Tara Sweeney, who is in fifth place with 5.79%, will move up to the special general election if Gross officially withdraws. The special general election will appear on the regular August 16 primary ballot.

Sources report that Gross made the decision to withdraw for personal reasons, but would not provide additional detail.

Gross is also a candidate in the regular U.S. House primary election. If he withdraws from the special general election, he will also likely withdraw from the regular primary election. This would give Sweeney a good chance of placing in the top-four and advancing to the regular general election.

Gross ran and won as an independent in the 2020 Democratic party. He went on to unsuccessfully challenge Senator Dan Sullivan (R – Alaska) in the 2020 general election. In early May, the Alaska Democratic Party turned on Gross, posting on social media, “He’s not a liberal, he’s not a Democrat and he sure as hell doesn’t share your Democratic values, but pandering Al Gross still has the audacity to beg for your money after saying he’d caucus with Republicans…do you REALLY want your money going to support the Donald Trump/Sarah Palin platform?”

This is a developing story.

Update: Al Gross released the following statement not long after this article was published.

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Tucker
3 months ago

That would be awesome news.

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3 months ago
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The Dude
3 months ago

Go Sarah!

Lynn Willis
3 months ago

Ah yes, as the saying goes: “The plot thickens”.

Crage
3 months ago

Al Gross has been nothing but a nightmare candidate. I’m glad I didn’t invest a minute of my time working on his campaign. Gross you owe your campaign a public apology and then vow never to run a campaign ever again.

The Dude
3 months ago
Reply to  Crage

Poor Al, Im sure with your campaign “expertise”, he could have won in a landslide. Are you Sarahs campaign manager by chance? She sure lit it up. Hint?

3 months ago

Al Gross was running a skilled campaign with careful attention to the important issues that affect Alaska and our nation. He is intelligent , well prepared to lead, and gifted. He would have made excellent contributions to Congress and to the country. He had throughtful gun control measures. He would have been able to be bipartisan, very needed in our country. He would caucus with the Democrats on many issues. He communicated through his website and weekly emails to his constituents. This is in high contrast to Sarah Palin follows the MAGA brand or Nick Behich, right wing. Al Gross… Read more »

Akwhitty
3 months ago
Reply to  Jean

He QUIT.

The Dude
3 months ago
Reply to  Jean

Sarah owns him.

Why won’t you just say it, like you did with Ethan
3 months ago
Reply to  Jean

So, “Jean”… then why’d he back out? Because of his personal life where maybe he wasn’t as careful?

Why won’t you just say it, like you did with Ethan
3 months ago

Affair.