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Alaska - At Large

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Ethan Berkowitz

Ethan Berkowitz (D)

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Don Young*

Don Young* (R)*

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Alaska Snapshot

RCP House Ranking: Leans Dem

Senate Race: Begich (D) vs. Stevens (R)
Competitive House Races:
AK-AL

Key 2006 State Races:
Governor

2004 Senate: Knowles (D) vs. Murkowski (R)

Polling Data

PollDateSampleBerkowitz (D)Young (R)Spread
Daily Kos/R200010/28 - 10/30600 LV5344Berkowitz +9
Ivan Moore Res.10/17 - 10/19500 LV5143Berkowitz +8
Daily Kos/R200010/14 - 10/16600 LV5044Berkowitz +6
Ivan Moore Res.10/3 - 10/6500 LV5142Berkowitz +9
Ivan Moore Res.9/20 - 9/22500 LV4944Berkowitz +5
Daily Kos/R20009/16 - 9/17600 LV5339Berkowitz +14
Daily Kos/R20007/14 - 7/16LV5140Berkowitz +11
Daily Kos/R20005/12 - 5/14LV5040Berkowitz +10

Previous Election Results

House
2006: Young (R) 57, Benson (D) 40
2004: Young (R) 71, Higgins (D) 22
2002: Young (R) 75, Greene (D) 17

President
2004: Bush (R) 61, Kerry (D) 36
2000: Bush (R) 59, Gore (D) 28

Race Summary

Rep. Don Young, seeking his 18th full term in the House, led Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell in the August 26 primary, as absentee ballots were still being counted. Three weeks later, Parnell conceded the race. Some Republicans had worried that if Young, who was included in an FBI corruption investigation, won the primary, the party could lose the seat for the first time since 1972.

Running for the Democratic nomination was former state House Minority Leader Ethan Berkowitz, who defeated Diane Benson, an activist and 2006 Democratic nominee, 53%-38%. In 2006, Benson held Young to just a 57%-40% win, despite being outspent 10-1 -- it was Young's lowest winning percentage since 1994. 

All Commentary & News Stories

- Alaska Republicans Mixed On Young's Notoriety - Fairbanks Daily News-Miner