Trump endorses Peltola opponent

By Sarah Ferris | 06/18/2024 06:39 AM EDT

The development followed a meeting between House Speaker Mike Johnson and the former president.

Nancy Dahlstrom looks on as Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks to reporters.

Alaska Lt. Gov. Nancy Dahlstrom (R) is running to unseat Democratic Rep. Mary Peltola. Mark Thiessen/AP

Donald Trump weighed in with another key House endorsement Monday, hours after meeting with Speaker Mike Johnson — a sign of the GOP’s organizing efforts ahead of November.

The former president endorsed Alaska Lt. Gov. Nancy Dahlstrom, a top House GOP recruit in one of their top target seats this fall.

It’s welcome news for Johnson (R-La.) and House Republicans, who are hoping to avoid a disastrous repeat of two years ago, when Democrat Mary Peltola won the seat as two of their own battled it out under the ranked choice system.


Nick Begich, from a well-known political family, helped cost the GOP control of the seat in a 2022 special election. Former vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin was the other Republican in that contest. This cycle, Begich is running again, this time against Dahlstrom.