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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Congressman Don Young losing Alaska primary

With results coming in from the Alaska primary, Congressman Don Young (R-Bridge to Nowhere) is currently losing his race to Lt. Governor Sean Parnell.
With 83 percent of precincts reporting in the Republican U.S. House primary at 1:30 a.m., Parnell was leading but less than one half of one percentage point separated the two candidates. The difference was just 263 votes, with Parnell up 41,613 to 41,350.


Parnell was helped by the fact that Young, Alaska's lone member of the U.S. House since 1973, spent more than a million dollars of his campaign contributions on legal fees. Young refuses to say exactly what his legal fees have been paying for, but the congressman is connected to several federal investigations. They include the wide-ranging federal probe into corruption in Alaska politics, which has focused on the fundraising practices of Veco Corp.
Hopefully Don Young will be retired in this primary and Americans can stop worrying about how their tax dollars will be wasted on projects that do nothing for anyone.

Ethan Berkowitz, the state House Democratic Minority Leader, was the winner of the Democratic primary and will face the winner of the Parnell-Young race.


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