The latest on the presidential horse race.

Alaska Governor: Independent Bill Walker Has Widened His Lead over the Republican Candidate

Rasmussen Reports, 10/8 – 10/12

Alaska Governor

  • Bill Walker – Independent – 50%
  • Sean Parnell – Republican – 41%
  • Other – 2%
  • Undecided – 7%

The independent candidate Bill Walker has increased his lead over his Republican opponent Sean Parnell in the most recent Rasmussen Reports poll. The poll asked 700 likely voters who they would vote for if an election were to occur today. 50 percent of the voters chose Walker, while 41 percent chose Parnell. In a poll conducted in September, 47 percent chose Walker and 42 percent Parnell.

Walker has increased his lead at an important moment. As the election draws closer, he is sitting in a comfortable spot and it looks like he should be able to secure a win.

56 percent of voters believe that Walker is a favorable candidate, while 50 percent say the same about Parnell. Parnell has a more recognizable name than Walker as well. In fact, only 1 percent of voters have never heard of Parnell, while 5 percent have never heard of Walker.

46 percent of voters trust Walker to handle government spending to Parnell’s 36 percent. For taxes, Walker was also more favorable as he secured 43 percent of the vote. On social issues, he barely edged out Parnell with 42 percent of the vote, and for ethics and corruption, he beat out Parnell 45 percent to 33 percent.

The two candidates engaged in a debate on Tuesday, Walker focused on deficits and criticized his opponent for not trimming the debt while he was in office.

“We need to look across the board, not just in one particular area,” he said.

Parnell attacked his opponent saying that if Walker had held office, the deficit would have been much larger than it is.

In the end, spending, energy, and leadership were the major issues of the debate that the two candidates focused on.

Photo credit: Radio Kenai.