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Trump conviction does not diminish support for Republican congressional candidates in Alaska • Alaska Beacon

The three Republicans vying for Alaska’s next representative in the U.S. House of Representatives announced their support for Donald Trump on Thursday after The former president was found guilty on Thursday of 34 counts of falsifying business records.

According to the most recent available timetable, Trump is scheduled to be sentenced on July 11, four days before he is scheduled to attend the Republican National Convention and become the party's official presidential nominee.

Ten people have registered So far, 2,008 candidates have filed for Alaska's only seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, including three Republicans, a member of the Alaskan Independence Party and incumbent Democratic Representative Mary Peltola. The filing deadline for candidacy ends Saturday.

Four other candidates did not provide a mailing address in Alaska, and a fifth said on her campaign website that she had withdrawn into religious seclusion and would not hold any public events or fundraising events.

Republican Lieutenant Governor Nancy Dahlstrom, who officially filed her candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives on May 23, condemned Thursday's ruling in a post on X (formerly Twitter).

“Today is an embarrassment to our justice system and will impact our legal system for years to come. The people of Alaska stand with you, President Trump!” the post said.

Five minutes later, fellow Republican candidate Nick Begich also commented: “Today’s verdict in New York is a farce.”

He said he believed the process was flawed and that Americans would clearly see this.

“Trump will be victorious in November, and we will begin the process of reconciliation after Joe Biden’s four disastrous years in office,” Begich said.

Gerald Heikes, a Republican candidate from Palmer, had not learned of the ruling until a reporter called.

“This is no surprise,” he said, while criticizing the result.

He said he saw parallels between Trump's situation and that of former U.S. Senator Ted Stevens, who was convicted in an election year of accepting excessive gifts from supporters and failing to disclose them. Stevens subsequently lost his election to his challenger Mark Begich, and Stevens' conviction was later overturned due to misconduct by the public prosecutor.

“I think the appeals court will overturn the verdict,” Heikes said of Trump's conviction.

While Republicans were open about the outcome, Peltola refused to share her opinion.

“Sorry, we have no comment,” said Shannon Mason, spokeswoman for Peltola's campaign.

John Wayne Howe, candidate for the Alaskan Independence Party, said he opposed restrictions on the use of private funds and that Trump could have spent his money however he wanted.

“I don’t think this trial should have even taken place,” Howe said.

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