Politics & Policy

Alaska Senate Race Almost Tied

Republican senate candidate Joe Miller is one point ahead of write-in candidate Sen. Lisa Murkowski, according to the latest Rasmussen poll, which has Miller backed by 35 percent to Murkowksi’s 34 percent.

Twenty-seven percent support Democrat Scott McAdams, while 3 percent remain undecided.

The Rasmussen poll conducted shortly after Murkowski announced her write-in candidacy had Miller at 42 percent, Murkowski at 27 percent, and McAdams at 25 percent.

Over at the Public Policy Polling blog, Tom Jensen has some interesting thoughts about why Murkowski has proven to be a stronger candidate than independent Charlie Crist in Florida. Two factors he notes are that Alaska has significantly more independent voters than Florida, and Republican senate candidate Marco Rubio has higher favorability ratings than Miller.

Katrina Trinko — Katrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

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