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The Jewish Doctor, a Dead Bear and the Surprisingly Competitive Alaska Senate Race

Al Gross, hunter, fisherman and orthopedic surgeon, is giving GOP incumbent Dan Sullivan a run for his money while raising Democratic hopes for a Senate majority

Chemi Shalev
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Alaska was supposed to be a sure thing for Republicans in 2020, but in recent months things have been going steadily south. Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton by 15 points in 2016 but is now barely clinging to a low single digit advantage over Joe Biden. The Alaska Senate race started out as "solid Republican," then turned "likely Republican," and is now considered "lean Republican" by most prognosticators and even a "toss-up" by a courageous few.