Alaska Senate Race Coming Down to Begich and Sullivan

Tuesday, 13 May 2014 06:45 PM

By John A. Oswald

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The Alaskan Senate race is increasingly looking like a contest between incumbent Democrat Mark Begich and former state Attorney General Dan Sullivan.

A new poll shows Sullivan, a tough-talking Marine, opening a wide lead over other Republicans vying for their party’s nod in this November’s Senate contest.

Sullivan, with 40% of those surveyed expressing support, has a 14% lead over Alaska Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell, who comes in at 26% in the Public Policy Polling survey.

Joe Miller, the tea party pick garnered 14%; and Air Force veteran and community college student John Jaramillo came in fourth with 3%.

Begich, the ex-mayor of Anchorage who unseated Ted Stevens after the veteran Republican’s corruption conviction, was considered vulnerable earlier this year and Treadwell was the frontrunner.

But Treadwell’s fortunes have changed in several recent polls and he recently shook up his campaign staff.

At the same time, the PPP survey shows Begich back up but hardly unbeatable. In a head-to-head match up with Sullivan, he leads by a 42-37% count.

Sullivan rose to prominence in Alaska in 2009 when appointed attorney general by then-Gov. Sarah Palin. National Republicans have increasingly embraced Sullivan’s campaign despite the fact that the Ohio native has spent most of his life as a non-Alaskan, Real Clear Politics reports.

Among his supporters is former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. She was his boss when Sullivan was an assistant secretary of state in the George W. Bush administration.

“Dan will be a great senator because he loves and cares for the state of Alaska, and he's a great family man," Rice said in a recent ad.

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