Palin Draws Democratic Challenger for 2010 Governor's Race
3:59 PM, Jan 9, 2009 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
The Anchorage Daily News and the AP report that Bob Poe, the former state director of international trade, announced yesterday that he's running against Sarah Palin in 2010:
Palin's approval rating is above 60 percent, and she should probably win reelection easily--as long as the budget crunch created by falling oil prices doesn't do too much damage.
Of course, there's been some speculation that instead of seeking reelection, Palin might decide to challenge Sen. Lisa Murkowski in a 2010 Republican primary. A Daily Kos/Research 2000 poll conducted a few weeks ago showed Palin trouncing Murkowski by 24 points, but a poll conducted more recently for The Alaska Standard blog showed the exact opposite: Murkowski over Palin by 27 points. Nate Silver explained that we should be skeptical the latter poll because The Alaska Standard is a pro-Murkowski site. Then again, for whatever reason, the final Daily Kos/Research 2000 poll in the Alaska Senate race was pretty terrible, so perhaps we shouldn't trust either poll.