A dozen state lawmakers face challenges in Alaska primary

    A dozen Alaska state legislators face challenges from within their parties during Tuesday's primary election, and the state Republican and Democratic parties have gotten involved in some of the races.

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A dozen Alaska state legislators face challenges from within their parties during Tuesday's primary election, and the state Republican and Democratic parties have gotten involved in some of the races.

    Generally, the parties are reluctant to pick sides during the primary.

    The state GOP has endorsed Republican Rep. Jim Colver's rival, George Rauscher, while the Democratic party has donated to the challengers to Democratic Reps. Bob Herron and Benjamin Nageak.

    Herron and Nageak are among four Democrats in the House's Republican-led majority. However, state Democratic party chairwoman Casey Steinau says her party wants a "true bipartisan coalition" in the House, with shared power.

    All 40 House seats and half of the Senate's 20 seats are up for election this year.

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