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Alaska Senate: Dan Sullivan (R) Holds a Safe Lead over Mark Begich (D)

Rasmussen Reports, 10/27 – 10/30

Alaska Senate

  • Dan Sullivan – Republican – 47%
  • Mark Begich – Democrat – 42%
  • Other – 5%
  • Undecided – 6%

The latest political poll for the Alaskan Senate election has been released by Rasmussen Reports. The poll asked 887 likely voters who they would vote for if an election were to occur today. 47 percent of voters said that they would vote for the Republican Dan Sullivan, while 42 percent chose the Democrat Mark Begich. In addition, 5 percent of voters liked a different candidate and 6 percent were undecided.

An Oct. 8-12 poll had the Democrats in a more favorable position. In that poll, Sullivan led with 48 percent of the vote to Begich’s 45 percent.

The demographics for this poll were standard for Alaska. Gender was split at an even 50 percent. 35 percent of voters identified as Republican, 17 percent as Democrat, and 48 percent as a different party. 81 percent of voters were white. The majority of voters, 53 percent, were aged 40-64.

In terms of favorability, 47 percent of voters see Begich as a favorable candidate. However, 50 percent see him as unfavorable, and amongst that number, 37 percent see him as very unfavorable.

On the other hand, 50 percent of voters see Sullivan as a favorable candidate, while only 47 percent see him as unfavorable. 37 percent of voters saw him as a very unfavorable candidate.

Only 18 percent of voters admitted that they had already voted, while 82 percent said that they did not. Also, 91 percent said that they were certain to vote.

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Alaskan Senate: Republicans Hold a Minor Lead down the Stretch

Rasmussen Reports, 10/8 – 10/12

Alaskan Senate

  • 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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