ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - The Alaska Republican Party says it may launch a write-in campaign if Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux wins her primary.
The Chair of the Alaska Republican Party, Tuckerman Babcock, says the party won't accept her as a candidate after the Division of Elections said it was investigating absentee ballot irregularities in the primary race, including absentee ballot applications sent in under the names of people who are dead and votes cast in the name of people who said they had never voted.
"We'll be discussing launching a write-in campaign and we'll be looking at the Democratic candidate Lyn Franks," Babcock said. "She's (Franks) going to win the race if it's just LeDoux. LeDoux is finished."
In the Republican primary in that district, Aaron Weaver was leading incumbent Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux after the election. Tuesday, LeDoux took the lead. Weaver is a former KTUU photographer.
Babcock believes either LeDoux or her campaign had something to do with irregularities found in absentee ballots and ballot applications.
"The idea you'd actually go out and file absentee ballots for people who are deceased and file absentee ballots for people who didn't apply, didn't sign, didn't vote, that kind of cheating you should go to prison for," Babcock said.
Channel 2 asked the Alaska Division of Elections if a fraud investigation had been started and was referred to the Department of Law's Criminal Division.
Alaska Department of Law Criminal Division Director John Skidmore said he had "no comment" when asked if his office is investigating absentee ballot irregularities in the primary race for the seat.
Babcock, the state GOP chairman, has been an opponent of LeDoux because she joined a Democratic-led coalition in the House.
For her part, LeDoux says Babcock has no evidence she did anything wrong and that he is trying to run her out of the party.
"I don't think Tuckerman knows anything. I think Tuckerman wants to think that something criminal is going on, I don't think Tuckerman has a damn bit of evidence that there is anything criminal going on," LeDoux said.
LeDoux says neither she nor her campaign tampered with the election or the votes.
"Tuckerman Babcock seems to want to run me out of the Republican party and I ain't gonna let that guy run me out of the party," LeDoux said.
Her challenger, Weaver, said he's taking a "neutral position" on the issue.
"I have a complete and total trust in the Division of Elections and I think they recognize their significant responsibility to make sure every vote counts and I'm just going to wait until Saturday to see what the results come to," Weaver said.
Babcock said he doesn't know if Weaver will be chosen, or if he will want to be the write-in candidate.