Alaskan Senate: Republicans Hold a Minor Lead down the Stretch
Rasmussen Reports, 10/8 – 10/12
- Dan Sullivan – Republican – 48%
- Mark Begich – Democrat – 45%
- Other – 3%
- Undecided – 3%
According to a Rasmussen Reports poll, Dan Sullivan the Republican continues to lead over his Democrat challenger, and the current incumbent Mark Begich. The poll asked 700 likely voters who they would vote for in an election. 48 percent of voters stated that they would vote for Sullivan, while 45 percent voiced their support for Begich.
In the previous poll conducted in late September, Sullivan tallied 48 percent of the vote to Begich’s 43. Begich has made a slight increase down the stretch and when you adjust the poll for the 4 percent margin of error, it is a very close election.
Sullivan has maintained his slight lead since August. In July, Begich had the lead and at one point, a CBS News poll had him 12 points ahead. Since then, his lead has evaporated.
Begich is seen as the less favorable candidate of the two. His current favorability rating is 47 percent to Sullivan’s 50 percent. Both candidates are recognizable in the eyes of the voters.
It is worth noting that 40 percent of the voters identified as Republican, only 18 percent as Democrat, and 42 percent as a different party. The results may be skewed due to the sample size and the abundance of Republican voters who participated in this poll.
Sullivan is trying to lambast his opponent for being unproductive in office. He has focused his recent attacks on a claim that Begich has only ever passed one law, the naming of a building, while he has passed 13 bills, one of which gave a large amount of federal land back to Alaska.
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