- Associated Press - Saturday, August 30, 2014

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Alaska’s sole congressman, Republican Don Young, has swatted away challengers over the decades.

But Democrats are hoping 29-year-old political upstart Forrest Dunbar will stop the 81-year-old incumbent in November, when voters decide whether to give Young a 22nd term.

Dunbar, an Ivy-League educated Alaskan who spent his early childhood in a house without running water, is crisscrossing the state with an attention-getting, cheeky campaign using the tagline “Run, Forrest, Run” in a nod to the movie “Forrest Gump.”

Young made news recently for an ethnic slur and being rebuked for violating House ethics rules. He’s apologized for the offensive remark about Hispanic migrant workers and called the ethics violation an “oversight.”

The longest-serving House Republican says that after 41 years, he’s still the best man for the job.

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