GOP Candidate Challenges Alaska Hopefuls to Put Outside Money on Ice
However, Sullivan said Begich has repeatedly called for an end to special-interest money in Alaska politics, and the Alaska Agreement would accomplish that.
“So I hope he will put action to his words and join me in actually doing something about these third-party special-interest groups,” said Sullivan. “All it takes for this plan to work here in Alaska is for Senator Begich to sign his name next to mine on the dotted line. I call upon Mark to be as ‘independent’ as he claims and join me in this pledge.”
Treadwell said the Sullivan challenge rings hollow if only because 75 percent of Sullivan’s contributors come from outside Alaska.
“Alaskans are independent people; we will pick our senator here, not in D.C. or Ohio,” said Treadwell.
"Our challenge to Dan Sullivan is that he fund his campaign with money solely from Alaskans rather than from Outside special interests. It's time that this race returns to discussing issues that matter most to Alaskans. They expect and deserve debates and the opportunity to get to see and know their candidates.”
Rhymes aside, Treadwell is in trouble.
PPP's most recent Alaska poll, released May 13, shows the Republican primary for Senate becoming increasingly less competitive. Sullivan has a 14 point lead with 40 percent to 26 percent for Treadwell, 14 percent for Joe Miller, and 3 percent for John Jaramillo.
Neither Miller nor Jaramillo commented on the Alaska Agreement proposal
The race has been moving more and more in Sullivan's direction in Public Policy Polling surveys over the last nine months.
Treadwell led Sullivan 33 percent to 25 percent in July 2013. However, since then Sullivan's support has moved from the 25 percent mark last summer to 30 percent in February and now 40 percent.
Meanwhile, Treadwell dropped from 33 percent in July to 25 percent in February and is now pretty much holding steady with his 26 percent mark.
The general election is another matter.
The May 2014 PPP survey shows Begich leading all of his potential Republican opponents, but the matchups are pretty close across the board.
He's up 42 percent to 37 percent on Sullivan with third-party candidates combining for 7 percent.
Begich has a 41 to 33 percent lead on Treadwell with third-party candidates combining for 9 percent, and he's up 43-27 on Miller with third-party candidates combining for 6 percent.
Voters are closely divided in their feelings about Begich with 44 percent approving of him and 45 percent disapproving.
The Real Clear Politics Average, which includes PPP and Rasmussen Reports — Rasmussen Reports did not have survey results available for the GOP Senate primary — shows Begich and Sullivan are locked in a dead heat, with each showing 42.3 percent support.
The Real Clear Politics Average covers polling from March 19 through May 11.
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