Al Gross, the independent who ran for US Senate in Alaska in 2020 with backing from state and national Democrats and broke fundraising records but lost to incumbent Republican Dan Sullivan, is considering another run for the Senate in 2022.
Gross told Inside Elections that he is “certainly considering” running for the state’s other Senate seat, currently held by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a Republican.
Murkowski already faces one announced challenger, former Alaska Department of Administration commissioner Kelly Tshibaka, also a Republican. Murkowski is a frequent critic of former President Donald Trump and broke with him on high-profile issues over the last four years, including by voting to conivct the former president at February’s impeachment trial. Trump has vowed to help defeat her in 2022, and several of his former senior aides are advising Tshibaka, who is running an expressly pro-Trump campaign.
As a first-time candidate in 2020, Gross raised $19.5 million, the largest haul of any Senate candidate in Alaska in history; the orthopedic surgeon lost to Sullivan by 13 points, 54-41 percent, in a closely-watched contest that saw significant outside spending by both parties.
Last November, Alaska voters approved a new election system that will be in place for the 2022 Senate race. Under the new rules, all candidates from all parties will appear together on the same primary ballot. The top four vote-getters will advance to the general election, which will be decided…