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Rasmussen: GOP's Sullivan Up 5 Points On Sen. Begich in Alaska

By    |   Friday, 31 Oct 2014 10:13 PM

Republican Dan Sullivan has leapt to his biggest lead over over Alaska Sen. Mark Begich in a race considered one of the GOP's best hopes of ousting an incumbent Democrat, a new poll shows.

The final Rasmussen Reports survey of likely voters ahead of Tuesday's midterms shows Sullivan polling with 47 percent support, and Begich at 42 percent. The margin of error is plus or minus 4 percentage points.

The race has seen outside groups showering millions on the candidates; as of early Thursday, $22.5 million in outside money has poured in on the Democrat's behalf, while $16.7 million has been spent on Sullivan's behalf, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The totals make the Alaska Senate race the fourth most expensive in the country, after North Carolina, Colorado and Iowa – but in terms of per capita spending, the race is the priciest this election season, the Times reports.

The race has drawn special attention as a chance for Republicans to bump a an incumbent in the fierce battle to win control of the Senate – and Real Clear Politics notes Begich started out 2014 as one of the most vulnerable Democrats.

"Alaskans feel strongly that events in the world are careening out of control and the Obama administration lacks any plan to deal with them," Sullivan, a former state attorney general and commissioner of natural resources, told Newsmax's John Gizzi on Thursday.

And citing his background as a former Marine lieutenant colonel and Assistant U.S. Secretary of State under Secretary Condoleezza Rice, Sullivan asserts he'd "be ready from day one."

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