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Tue Oct 25, 2016, 04:18 AM

Alaska Democrats face internal strife over US Senate candidate

Alaska's Democratic Party has quietly all but abandoned its candidate for U.S. Senate, Ray Metcalfe, while some party members rally instead for independent candidate Margaret Stock.

But unlike the state's Republican Party, which has ousted officials from key committee positions for supporting non-GOP candidates including Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan there are no apparent repercussions for Democratic Party officials, as long as they stick to the letter of the (party) law.

Interviews with the party and candidates indicate that much of the party splinter is personal, rooted in Metcalfe's fights with party members. Some of the strife can be attributed to the party's failed efforts to back the independent, instead of a Democrat, who could have a tough time unseating Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

Not everyone agrees. Some party members say it's a poor choice for the Alaska Democratic Party to support non-Democrats.

Read more: https://www.adn.com/politics/2016/10/22/alaska-democrats-face-internal-strife-over-u-s-senate-candidate/

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