On This Day In 1980: Gruening Grandson Gets Revenge, Ousts Gravel in AK Primary : It's All Politics Twenty-nine years ago today, Sen. Mike Gravel of Alaska loses his bid for renomination in the Democratic primary.
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On This Day In 1980: Gruening Grandson Gets Revenge, Ousts Gravel in AK Primary

Aug. 26, 1980:

American Labor Party.

Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel, seeking a third term, is ousted in the Democratic primary by former state Rep. Clark Gruening — the grandson of the senator Gravel unseated in the Democratic primary 12 years earlier, Ernest Gruening.

The Republican nomination goes to Frank Murkowski, a banker, who will win the seat for the GOP in November.

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