On This Day In 1968: Alaska Sen. Gruening, Tonkin Gulf Foe, Unseated : It's All Politics Forty-one years ago today, Alaska Sen. Ernest Gruening is defeated for renomination in the Democratic primary by Mike Gravel.
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On This Day In 1968: Alaska Sen. Gruening, Tonkin Gulf Foe, Unseated

Aug. 27, 1968:

12 years after Gruening's defeat, his grandson Clark will return the favor and oust Gravel in the 1980 Democratic primary. hide caption

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Sen. Ernest Gruening, the 81-year old Alaska Democrat who was one of just two senators to vote against the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin resolution, is defeated in the Democratic primary by former state House Speaker Mike Gravel.

Ted Stevens, the state House Majority Leader, is defeated in his bid for the Republican nomination.

Gravel will go on to keep the seat for the Democrats in November.

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