Begich: Dems Can Win in Alaska, You Betcha'!
9:23 AM, Sep 7, 2010 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
Freshman Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska), who beat Ted Stevens in 2008, says the national party shouldn't be counting out Lisa Murkowski's seat in his home state. They just need a little faith:
Begich beat Stevens a week after the incumbent had been convicted on seven felony counts for falsely reporting gifts, in a great year for Democrats. So, faith and seven felony counts for Joe Miller is what they need. But mostly faith.
But first, DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse is probably going to have to learn Democratic candidate Scott McAdams' name:
Not Lisa Murkowski: The Name You Know Can Trust (This ad paid for by the Democratic National Committee.)
The latest polls show Miller ahead of McAdams by a 6-8 point margin.
In other senate news, a poll came out over the weekend showing the Tea Party candidate formerly known as unelectable...up 15 points in Kentucky. (Caveats, here.) And, as the Washington Post notes today, Wisconsin is now a battleground, which should keep the DNC's minds and money far away from Alaska.
Lest, I speak too soon, however, Murkowski still seems to be talking to Libertarians in Alaska about a third-party run.