Robocalls from President Trump, grocery store chats and an RV tour, or: How to win an election in Alaska

Anchorage (KTUU) — After months of tough campaigning, the clock is ticking down to the final hours for candidates for governor and the U.S. House of Representatives to snag those last minute votes.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Begich was campaigning in Fairbanks Monday morning before flying back to Anchorage in the afternoon, while Republican Mike Dunleavy was making phone calls and thanking supporters.

Independent congressional candidate Alyse Galvin spent most of her day drumming up support in the Valley while Rep. Don Young was scheduled to wave signs on Anchorage street corners in the afternoon.

But most people have probably made up their minds by this point, so does anything the candidates do now really matter?

Dunleavy's campaign says in the next 24 hours it's going to fire off 30,000 text messages, 30,000 phone calls, one million digital impressions and 60,00 robocalls from President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

Dunleavy says between now and the polls closing he'll be on the phone calling voters.

"Phone calls, phone calls, phone calls, phone calls," Dunleavy said, "and more phone calls."

Speaking to his campaign volunteers Dunleavy seemed to think the votes between him and Begich would be close.

"I don't know what's going to happen tomorrow, it's close," Dunleavy said. "I don't know what is going to happen tomorrow but I can tell you this, it's been a remarkable journey and you are the ones that made this the journey it is today. We would not be where we are today without you."

Begich was back in Anchorage by 2 p.m. after voting earlier in the day in Fairbanks.

Calling supporters from Anchorage, he told one person he felt good about his chances after talking with voters in Interior Alaska. He says 50 volunteers on Saturday and 40 volunteers on Sunday went door-to-door to help spread Begich's message to potential voters, and simply to encourage them to get out and vote.

"Every minute matters until the polls close. You want to get people out, you want to remind them," Begich said.

Begich says he'll spend the next few hours Monday talking to people at grocery stores.

"I feel good we've come a long ways and the last two or three weeks have been very energetic," Begich said. "A lot of activity in the campaign all across the state."

Alyse Galvin, running against Congressman Don Young, spent her day on a whirlwind tour in her RV. She said just today she met a woman in the Valley who told Galvin she'd vote for her after a lifetime of only voting Republican.

"Do I think I can win? I think I can win. That's why I'm here," Galvin said while campaigning in Big Lake.

After an interview with KTUU, two women walked up to Galvin and told her they're supporting her.

"Hey! We need a change Alyse!" one woman yelled.

"I will certainly be supporting you," another said.

Rep. Don Young voted Monday morning and then went on the Dave Stieren radio show in the afternoon. His campaign said he'd spend the afternoon waving signs in Anchorage. In a Facebook video Young encouraged Alaskans to vote for him.

"I voted today and I'm quite proud of that," Young said. "This makes, I believe this is the 60th vote I've cast in the state of Alaska."

Young, who has served in Congress since 1973, became the longest-serving current House member in December 2017.



 
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