9:07 AM, Feb 12, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new poll of likely Alaska voters finds incumbent Democratic senator Mark Begich leading a potential Republican challenger by 12 points with the inclusion of an independent candidate. Begich, who was first elected in 2008 over scandal-plagued Republican Ted Stevens, has 45 percent support in the Hayes poll, while one Republican candidate, former attorney general Dan Sullivan, gets 33 percent.
Joe Miller, the failed 2010 Republican candidate for Senate, may run as an independent and registers 10 percent support in the poll. The conservative and Tea Party-aligned Miller defeated incumbent Republican senator Lisa Murkowski in the 2010 primary, only to have Murkowski win reelection to her Senate seat as a write-in candidate. If he ran as an independent in 2014, Miller would likely take votes away from the Republican nominee.
Adam Hays, the pollster who conducted the survey, tells the Alaska Dispatch that he did not include another Republican candidate, lieutenant governor Mead Treadwell, because Sullivan has a "fairly solid lead" in the GOP primary, which will be in August.
Sullivan, meanwhile, has released a 60-second radio ad touting his "love" of Alaska, a state he moved to 16 years ago after meeting his wife, who was an aide to Ted Stevens. "As your attorney general, I sued to stop Oabmacare, fought the EPA from shutting down our state, and stood up for Alaska's most vulnerable," Sullivan says in the spot. "As your commissioner of natural resources, I fought against job-killing regulations to jump-start energy production and create jobs." Listen to the ad below:
9:37 AM, Oct 15, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
New polls of likely voters in three key states in next year's U.S. Senate election show Republicans running just behind incumbent Democrats. Harper Polling, a firm associated with Republicans and working on behalf of conservative super PAC American Crossroads, conducted surveys of likely voters in Alaska, Arkansas, and Louisiana, where those state's Democratic senators face reelection in 2014 (via Politico). In each of those races, most of the potential Republican challengers poll within single digits of the Democrat.
Or not.3:22 PM, Oct 28, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
A new Hays Research poll of the Alaska Senate race showing Joe Miller in third place is getting a lot of attention, but there actually hasn't been a lot of movement in this particular poll. Miller is exactly where he was a week ago, according to Hays:
12:05 PM, Oct 25, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Senator Lisa Murkowski, the write-in candidate in the Alaska Senate race against Republican Joe Miller and Democrat Scott McAdams, oozed with contempt for Miller during a debate last night, which was televised on Alaska's KTUU:
MURKOWSKI: Scott is not ready to lead. Joe is not fit to lead. I have been leading this state [crowd boos]--I have been leading this state for 8 years. And I will continue to do so, bringing the seniority that I have built, the work ethic that I have built, and the passion for a state that I love.
"I’m not in a position where I can interpose my personal opinion."6:39 PM, Oct 18, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Last night in Alaska, security guards hired by Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller's campaign handcuffed Tony Hopfinger, editor of the website Alaska Dispatch, after the editor was involved in an altercation at the town hall event at an Alaska middle school.
5:22 PM, Sep 29, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
CNN asks likely voters in Alaska:
If the election for U.S. Senate were held today and the candidates were Scott McAdams, the Democrat and Joe Miller, the Republican, who would you be more likely to vote for or would you write in the name of Lisa Murkowski, who is also running?
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:
The Tea Party backed Delaware Senate candidate talks to THE WEEKLY STANDARD.2:55 PM, Sep 2, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
In the wake of Joe Miller's upset over Lisa Murkowski in Alaska's GOP Senate primary, there's been a lot of buzz for Delaware GOP Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell, who is challenging moderate GOP congressman Mike Castle in the September 14 primary. This week, the Tea Party Express endorsed O'Donnell, a former conservative activist who has worked at the Republican National Committee, Concerned Women for America, and the Savior's Alliance for Lifting the Truth.
1:19 AM, Sep 1, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
A statement from Alaska's GOP Senate nominee Joe Miller:
Earlier this evening, I received a call from Senator Murkowski honorably conceding the race. I want to thank her for a hard fought contest.
Tomorrow, the general election begins.
But tonight I'd like to reflect back on the amazing feat we accomplished together. We started from a handful of people knowing who we were and what we stood for to now being the Republican Party nominee.
10:47 PM, Aug 31, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
CNN reports: "Republican U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski conceded in the Alaska GOP senatorial primary which remained unresolved after last Tuesday's voting." Joe Miller will almost certainly be Alaska's next senator.