Alaska's lieutenant governor Mead Treadwell, a Republican, has officially entered the U.S. Senate race in 2014 to challenge incumbent Democrat Mark Begich. The Associated Press reports:

Treadwell, who announced his intention to run in June, has events planned for Anchorage and Fairbanks on Thursday.

Treadwell was elected to his current post in 2010 and is one of several Republicans who have announced plans to seek the seat currently held by Democrat Mark Begich. The election is next year.

Treadwell is casting himself as the conservative candidate in the race. Joe Miller, a tea party favorite during his unsuccessful Senate run in 2010, has long described himself as a constitutional conservative.

Begich, the former mayor of Anchorage, was elected to the Senate in 2008, defeating the long-serving, scandal-ridden Republican Ted Stevens, who was found guilty of corruption just days after losing reelection. The son of former congressman Nick Begich, he became the first Democrat to represent Alaska in either house of Congress since Mike Gravel lost reelection in 1980.
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