An Anchorage Superior Court judge ruled Friday that the Alaska Division of Elections acted correctly when it declined to replace independent candidate Al Gross with Republican candidate Tara Sweeney.
Three Alaska voters have filed a lawsuit against the Division of Elections, but the first judge to hear it said he’s inclined to rule against them.
Election workers are expected to certify the results by Saturday after checking some votes by hand and conducting further review as required by state law.
The special general election is Aug. 16.
The dispute is likely to go to court.
Gross resigned from both races — the election to pick a House member for the remainder of the year and the race to serve the next full term.
The Associated Press now estimates that nearly 90% of the vote is counted.
Finishers outside the top four in the special primary are pondering dropping out of the regular election.
A group of state lawmakers is raising red flags about the number of ballots rejected in the special U.S. House primary.
With questions swirling about how the special election will play out, the Daily News spoke with candidates, elections officials and political insiders to help make sense of what comes next.