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Alaska court sets arguments in Anchorage House race dispute

FILE - In this March 5, 2020 file photo, Alaska Republican House Minority Leader Lance Pruitt, left, speaks with Rep. George Rauscher on the floor of the House in Juneau, Alaska. Pruitt, of Anchorage, is challenging in court his 11-vote loss in a state House race to Democrat Liz Snyder. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer, File)

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Supreme Court plans to hear arguments Jan. 8 in a challenge to the election lost by House Minority Leader Lance Pruitt. A group of individuals earlier this month appealed the outcome of a recount they’d requested that found Pruitt, a Republican, lost by 11 votes to Democrat Liz Snyder. Pruitt and those same individuals also filed a lawsuit raising concerns with aspects of the election. The Supreme Court has tasked a Superior Court judge with making findings on issues raised in the recount appeal and issuing an order in Pruitt’s related election challenge by Dec. 29. The next legislative session begins Jan. 19.


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