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August 21 Primary Election Overview: Alaska and Wyoming

by | Aug 23, 2018

By Karen Cross, National Right to Life Political Director

On August 21, voters in Alaska and Wyoming went to the polls to determine their nominees for the November 6 general election.

Following are overviews of the results.


National Right to Life-endorsed Rep. Don Young (R) easily won his primary for Alaska’s at-large seat and is facing a challenge from pro-abortion Democrat Alyse Galvin. The congressional race is considered likely Republican by the Cook Political Report.

Alaska has a three-way gubernatorial race between pro-life former state Senator Mike Dunleavy (R), pro-abortion former U.S. Senator Mark Begich (D), and Gov. Bill Walker (I). Walker disappointed pro-life Alaskans with his nomination of a former Planned Parenthood worker to Alaska’s midwifery board. (The Alaska legislature rejected her nomination.)

“I’m looking forward to having a truly pro-life governor in Alaska in Mike Dunleavy,” said Karen Lewis, president of PRO-LIFE ALASKA.

Recent polls have Mike Dunleavy leading the trio. The gubernatorial race is considered a tossup.


National Right to Life-endorsed Pro-life U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R) soundly carried the Republican primary. Barrasso will face a challenge from pro-abortion Democrat businessman Gary Trauner. The race is considered solid Republican.

To fill pro-life Gov. Matt Mead’s open seat, pro-life state Treasurer Mark Gordon (R) will face pro-abortion Democrat Mary Throne, who is supported by NARAL Pro-Choice Wyoming. The seat is considered safe Republican.

National Right to Life-endorsed pro-life Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R) is facing a challenge by pro-abortion Democrat Greg Hunter. The seat is considered solid Republican.

Next up, on August 28, voters will go to the polls in Arizona and Florida. Be sure to look for election updates in future editions of

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