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Candidates & Races

President of the United States

Biography

Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr. (b. November 20, 1942, in Scranton, Pennsylvania) is the former Democratic vice president of the United States, serving under President Barack Obama (D) from January 20, 2009, to January 20, 2017. He previously served as a U.S. senator from Delaware from 1973 to 2009.

On April 25, 2019, Biden announced that he was running for president of the United States in 2020. With the plurality of pledged delegates, Biden became the presumptive Democratic nominee on April 8, 2020, after Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) suspended his presidential campaign. Biden crossed the delegate threshold necessary to win the nomination on June 5, 2020, and was formally nominated at the 2020 Democratic National Convention on August 18, 2020.

Biden announced U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D) as his running mate on August 11, 2020. He called her "a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants." Harris is the first Black woman to appear on a major party's ticket in the United States.

On January 12, 2017, President Barack Obama awarded Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his lifetime of public service, marking the final time Obama would present the nation's highest civilian honor. Biden received the award with distinction, an additional honor given only to Pope John Paul II, former President Ronald Reagan, and retired Gen. Colin Powell in the previous three administrations.

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Biography

Donald John Trump (b. June 14, 1946, in Queens, New York) is the 45th and current president of the United States. He assumed office on January 20, 2017. He filed to run for re-election on the same day.

Key policy initiatives during Trump's first term include the United States withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal, the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 and First Step Act in 2018, reducing the size of the ISIS caliphate, and establishing the Space Force as an independent military branch. Trump has made more than 200 federal judicial appointments, including two U.S. Supreme Court justices.

During his presidency, Trump has issued eight vetoes. To read more about these vetoes, click here.

On December 18, 2019, Trump became the third president in U.S. history to be impeached by the U.S. House. The U.S. Senate acquitted Trump on both charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress on February 5, 2020.

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Vice President of the United States

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Kamala Devi Harris (b. October 20, 1964, in Oakland, California) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from California. Harris was first elected to the Senate in 2016. She became the second Black woman elected to the U.S. Senate and the first Indian American to serve in the chamber.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden announced Harris was his running mate on August 11, 2020. He called her "a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants." Harris is the first Black woman to appear on a major party's ticket in the United States.

Harris previously ran for president of the United States, entering the race on January 21, 2019. She suspended her presidential campaign on December 3, 2019, and endorsed Biden on March 8, 2020.

Harris is the former attorney general of California. She served in the position from 2011 to 2017. She also served as San Francisco's district attorney from 2004 to 2011.

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Michael Richard "Mike" Pence (b. June 7, 1959, in Columbus, Indiana) is the 48th vice president of the United States, serving in President Donald Trump's (R) administration. He was elected on November 8, 2016, and sworn in on January 20, 2017.

Pence served as the 50th governor of Indiana from 2013 to 2017. As governor, Pence signed into law a 5 percent individual income tax cut in Indiana. He also supported the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act in 2015, allowing individuals and businesses to exert a right to the free exercise of religion. In his first year in office, FiveThirtyEight ranked him as the second most conservative governor in the country.

From 2001 to 2013, Pence served as a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. During his final year in the House, Pence was rated a far-right Republican leader based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack.

Pence's press secretary stated that Pence tested negative for coronavirus on March 21, 2020. Pence was tested after one of his staffers tested positive. Click here for more information on political figures impacted by coronavirus.

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U.S. Senate Alaska

Biography

Al Gross is running for election to the U.S. Senate to represent Alaska. He is on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020. He advanced from the Alaska Democratic and Independence parties primary on August 18, 2020.

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Biography

Daniel S. Sullivan (Republican Party) is a member of the U.S. Senate from Alaska. He assumed office on January 6, 2015. His current term ends on January 3, 2021.

Sullivan (Republican Party) is running for re-election to the U.S. Senate to represent Alaska. He is on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020. He advanced from the Republican primary on August 18, 2020.

Sullivan defeated Mead Treadwell, Joe Miller, and John Jaramillo in the Republican primary on August 19, 2014. Sullivan then beat incumbent Mark Begich (D) and several third-party candidates on November 4, 2014.

Sullivan is a former Alaska commissioner of natural resources, appointed by Governor Sean Parnell (R) in December 2010. He was unanimously confirmed by the Alaska Legislature the following April. He served in this position until 2013.

Before assuming the nonpartisan post of natural resources commissioner, Sullivan served as the Republican attorney general of Alaska from June 2009 until December 2010. He was appointed attorney general by then-Governor Sarah Palin (R). He resigned from his post in early December 2010 after Gov. Parnell tapped him to head the state's Department of Natural Resources.

Sullivan began serving in the United States Marine Corps in 1993, and he transitioned from active duty to the reserves in 1997. Prior to his appointment as attorney general, he worked for the federal government under former President George W. Bush (R).

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Jed Whittaker (Green Party) is running for election to the U.S. Senate to represent Alaska. He is a write-in candidate in the general election on November 3, 2020.

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Biography

John Howe (Alaskan Independence Party) is running for election to the U.S. Senate to represent Alaska. He is on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020. He advanced from the Alaska Democratic and Independence parties primary on August 18, 2020.

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Biography

Sid Hill is running for election to the U.S. Senate to represent Alaska. He is a write-in candidate in the general election on November 3, 2020.

Hill was a 2018 write-in candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the At-Large Congressional District of Alaska.

Hill was a 2014 write-in candidate who sought election to the U.S. Senate from Alaska. Sid Hill lost the general election on November 4, 2014. Hill was a 2012 Independent write-in candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the At-Large Congressional District of Alaska.

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Initiatives

Alaska Ballot Measure 1
North Slope Oil Production Tax Increase Initiative (2020)
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A "yes" vote supports increasing taxes on oil production fields that (a) are located above 68 degrees north latitude in Alaska, which is an area known as the North Slope, (b) have a lifetime output of at least 400 million barrels of oil; and (c) had an output of at least 40,000 barrels per day in the preceding calendar year.

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A "no" vote opposes this ballot initiative to increase taxes on North Slope production fields that produce above a certain amount of oil.

Alaska Ballot Measure 2
Top-Four Ranked-Choice Voting and Campaign Finance Laws Initiative (2020)
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A "yes" vote supports making changes to Alaska's election policies, including:

* requiring persons and entities that contribute more than $2,000 that were themselves derived from donations, contributions, dues, or gifts to disclose the true sources (as defined in law) of the political contributions;

* replacing partisan primaries with open top-four primaries for state executive, state legislative, and congressional offices; and

* establishing ranked-choice voting for general elections, including the presidential election, in which voters would rank the candidates.

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A "no" vote opposes the ballot initiative to change several of Alaska's election policies, including the adoption of top-four primaries, ranked-choice voting for general elections, and new campaign finance disclosure requirements.