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Thu Jul 9, 2020, 10:05 AM

Close Races Abound in Alaska

Source: Public Policy Polling

PPPís new Alaska poll finds that the Presidential race in the state this year might be the closest itís been since the 1960s. Donald Trump is under water on his approval rating, with 46% of voters approving of the job heís doing to 49% who disapprove. He leads Joe Biden by just 3 points at 48-45. Biden has a double digit lead with independent voters at 52-39. Republicans have won the state by at least 9 points in every election since 1968.

You can add Alaska to the growing list of potentially competitive Senate races where Republicans are going to have to play defense this fall. Dan Sullivan hasnít established much of a profile with voters in the state- only 35% approve of the job heís doing to 37% who disapprove, and 27% have no opinion about him one way or the other. He leads Al Gross just 39-34 for reelection. Gross isnít very well known yet- 72% of voters say they have no opinion about him. Among the voters who are familiar enough with him to have an opinion he actually leads Sullivan 56-36, suggesting that if he has the funds necessary to become well known in the state he will have a good chance at making it a top tier race.

The US House race in the state looks like a toss up, with Alyse Galvin holding a slight advantage over Don Young at 43-41. Young is unpopular, with 35% of voters approving of him and 44% disapproving. Galvin has a net +8 favorability rating at 30/22, giving her the best numbers of the 8 political figures we tested in the poll. Itís worth noting though that the undecideds in the House race are supporting Trump for President by 26 points- if they ended up voting the same party for House it would easily push Young back into the lead. Thereís a lot of Republican leaning voters who donít really like Young but may end up supporting him in the end.

Read more: https://www.publicpolicypolling.com/polls/close-races-abound-in-alaska/

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Thu Jul 9, 2020, 10:22 AM

1. Alaska is different...

Itís not the same as your run of the mill ďredĒ state. For one thing, there are a lot more unaffiliated voters than Republicans or Democrats, so you canít look at party registration and get an accurate picture. For another, Alaska has a sizable population of Native Alaskans and other indigenous people who lean Democratic.

Also, the federal government has a large presence in Alaska. The government owns a lot of land in Alaska, and there are lots of federal employees. Not to mention the military presence. And many Alaskans have that independent spirit where they donít like the government meddling much in their lives.

Alaska also has a small population, so swings are possible. Theyíve had Democratic senators and governors relatively recently.

As an aside, exactly 10 years ago this week I was on vacation in Alaska! Most beautiful place Iíve ever seen!

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