Anchorage snow damages GOP caucus site
March 5th, 2012
09:26 PM ET
2 years ago

Anchorage snow damages GOP caucus site

Anchorage, Alaska (CNN) - For Anchorage residents, the battle with record-breaking snowfall has spilled into the political arena with damage to a key Super Tuesday Republican caucus site.

The roof collapsed Friday under the weight of heavy snow at Abbott Loop Community Church, where five districts and an estimated 2,500 voters were expected to caucus.

CNN LIVE:Go to CNN.com, and CNN Mobile for the CNN Election Roundtable, a live video chat hosted by Wolf Blitzer and the CNN political team, on Tuesday at 12 p.m. ET. Tune in this week for live coverage of the primaries on Super Tuesday on CNNPolitics.com, on the CNN apps and on the CNN mobile web site. Follow CNN Politics on Facebook and on Twitter at #cnnelections.

– Follow the Ticker on Twitter: @PoliticalTicker

No one was injured in the collapse of a roof in the west side of the church auditorium, and the polling place has moved to nearby Grace Christian School.

"We are so thankful for the timing, that it did not happen during church services or during the caucus," said Bruce Schulte, regional coordinator for district elections. "If it happened 48 hours later it could have been an absolute tragedy."

Schulte says the district is working through local media to get out the word about the switch to Grace Christian, the new polling site two miles away.

Anchorage could see its all-time record for snowfall broken soon.

The all-time record stands at 132.8 inches in the winter of 1954-1955.

Snowfall for the winter of 2011-2012 has totaled 123.7 inches through Monday morning, Amy Bedal, meteorologist with the national weather service told CNN.

Bedal said she expects that another yet-uncounted inch of snow fell Monday afternoon.

"If we have heavy snow, a few inches plus or so, it could reduce voter turnout," said Alaska GOP chairman Randy Ruedrich. "But we have been dealing with this snow all winter and what's already on the ground won't affect us.

"All I know is there are a lot of ski resorts in the lower 48 who would like to have all of our snow."

Also see:

Poll: All tied up in Tennessee

Romney gets backing from key Republicans

Barbara Bush robo calls for Romney

Romney, Santorum tied in Ohio


Filed under: 2012 • Alaska • Republicans
soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Texas Dude

    Even God is fighting against the GOP now!!!

    March 5, 2012 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  2. Larry

    Gods wiping out the GOP.I knew it was just a matter of time.

    March 5, 2012 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  3. 60's survivor

    A sign?

    March 5, 2012 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  4. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It sounds like no one was hurt which is the good thing about the story. I would hope that these people who would have voted can vote some place else or could vote later when there is a new place chosen.

    March 5, 2012 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  5. sabina barnes

    Im a dem, im glad no one was hurt. So you sorry rep now have to look for another place to hold your caucus. Good luck you all will need it. Obama rocks 2012

    March 5, 2012 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  6. enuff

    It's a sign from God!

    March 5, 2012 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  7. judy

    God probably did it. Isnt that a repo response?

    March 5, 2012 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  8. Reggie from LA

    Was this God's work? Maybe it was the "other guy" then.
    Either way, I'm just sayin'.

    March 5, 2012 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  9. cali girl

    I hope no one was hurt.

    March 5, 2012 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  10. logicnLA

    Since conservatives always think natural disasters are the word of God- what does this tell them?

    March 6, 2012 02:13 am at 2:13 am |
  11. Fred Riek

    How fortunate for those Republicans to now have an excuse not to vote for the bunch of losers they would have to choose from.

    March 6, 2012 02:17 am at 2:17 am |
  12. Slade

    132 feet? I think they mean 13.2 feet. 132 feet would be A LOT of snow.

    March 6, 2012 02:20 am at 2:20 am |
  13. BeverlyNC

    Looks like the roof is coming down on the Republican Party everywhere.

    March 6, 2012 02:44 am at 2:44 am |
  14. Blindersoff

    An omen of what's to come. The collapse of the republican party . . . Could not handle the weight of their own lies.

    March 6, 2012 05:45 am at 5:45 am |
  15. Marie MD

    Wait for it, wait for it. Could these AK christians not see that maybe God is telling them enough! Of course not.

    March 6, 2012 06:20 am at 6:20 am |
  16. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Fitting as the unhinged GOBP sprint toward collapse from the weight of their hate and the lies they that tell the teabaggers.

    March 6, 2012 06:24 am at 6:24 am |
  17. sick of republican phonies

    I just thank God and Jesus and the Holy Ghost and several saints that there was no one in it when God brought his snowy wrath down on the Alaskan republican church...it's a miracle that they were home sleeping at 4 AM instead of at the church !

    March 6, 2012 06:48 am at 6:48 am |
  18. diridi

    Even the God's Nature Hates these Republicans. True, True, true.....I am telling all the churches this one. Wake up.

    March 6, 2012 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  19. Edwin

    God does exist! LOL

    March 6, 2012 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  20. Indy

    Even the good Lord is sick and tired of Republicans lying and cheating everyday and trying to genocide the middle class !

    March 6, 2012 08:40 am at 8:40 am |