After Young’s death, Alaska’s political world braces for a sea change and an elections marathon

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Alaska politicians, election officials and congressional staffers scrambled Monday to adapt to one of the biggest shifts in the state’s political landscape in a half-century: the death of GOP U.S. Rep. Don Young.

Young, who was 88, was Alaska’s sole member of Congress for 49 years. And his unexpected death Friday raised a tangle of questions that will start to be answered this week.

Among them: How long will it take before Young is replaced? Who will ensure Alaska’s interests are represented in Congress in the mean time? And who will enter the races to fill the seat — both temporarily and for the next two-year term?

“Anyone worth their salt is doing scenario planning right now, figuring out…

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