State political parties play role in Alaska primary races

    The state political parties are getting involved in several legislative races that will appear in Tuesday's primary election.

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The state political parties are getting involved in several legislative races that will appear in Tuesday's primary election.

    The Alaska GOP is targeting a Republican House member it feels is a Democrat at heart, and the state Democratic party is helping finance the challengers of two rural House Democrats that it considers too cozy with the Republican-led majority.

    It's unusual for political parties to meddle in primaries.

    But this has been an unusual year, marked by drawn-out legislative sessions that did little to close Alaska's gaping budget deficit and lawmakers struggling to overcome philosophical differences to find common ground on a path forward.

    Whether the elections will have an impact on the gridlock remains unclear.

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