Dr. Al Gross clinches 74.9% of vote, wins Alaska's Democratic nomination for US Senate


Orthopedic surgeon Al Gross, MD, won the Democratic nomination for U.S. senator for Alaska Aug. 18, receiving 74.9 percent of the vote, according to The New York Times.

Running as an independent, Dr. Gross was endorsed by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Alaska Democratic Party.

He is set to challenge Republican incumbent Sen. Dan Sullivan for his seat in November.

Dr. Gross' campaign centers on addressing high healthcare costs in Alaska, balancing Medicare by negotiating directly with the pharmaceutical industry to redirect funds from drug companies to providers and defending abortion rights.

Fellow orthopedic surgeon Manni Sethi, MD, was defeated Aug. 8 in the U.S. Senate Republican primary in Tennessee.

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