The following is an excerpt from David Weigel | August 21, 2018 | Thewashingtonpost.com |
Voters in Alaska and Wyoming are picking nominees in primaries Tuesday, setting up potentially competitive November races in rural states that typically deliver big margins for Republicans.
Six Republicans are seeking the nomination to succeed two-term Gov. Matt Mead (R). State Treasurer Mark Gordon, who was appointed to that role by Mead, jumped into the race in March and dominated early polls. In debates and TV ads, he’s emphasized both his government background and his work on a family cattle ranch.
“When you work with animals, you have to know what you’re doing,” Gordon says in one TV spot. “Same with government.”
But Gordon, along with every other Republican, has been outspent on the airwaves by Foster Friess, a wealthy philanthropist and conservative donor who has packaged himself as an incorruptible outsider.
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