How does a senator running unopposed for re-election in a red state during a good year for Republicans manage to spend nearly $1 million?
It adds up fast.
An Alaska-based super PAC supporting one of Democratic Sen. Mark Begich's Republican challengers is launching its first three ads of the campaign on Friday.
The radio ads are an opening salvo for the group, Alaska's Energy/America's Values, which backs former Natural Resources Commissioner Dan Sullivan. The group spent about about $12,000 to air the ads over the next five days in Anchorage and Matanuska Valley.
Begich has a new GOP challenger. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Alaska Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell formally announced Tuesday that he will challenge Democratic Sen. Mark Begich next year.
His candidacy, which has been expected for some time, gives Republicans a top-tier opponent in one of the party's best pickup opportunities in the country.
(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski will lead the National Republican Senatorial Committee's outreach effort to the American Indian community.
The move, announced Thursday evening, is intended to help further open lines of communication between the party and American-Indian voters. The community makes up about 14 percent of the population in Alaska, where Republicans are targeting Democratic Sen. Mark Begich in 2014.
But that’s exactly how things looked two years before the 2012 elections, when Democrats surprised many with victories in Missouri and North Dakota on their way to picking up two seats. So the challenge for the GOP and incoming National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Jerry Moran of Kansas is to capitalize on their opportunities.
That and how voters feel about President Barack Obama in 2014 could determine how the parties fare at the ballot box less than two years from now. Democrats won their current majority in 2006, in the second midterm election under President George W. Bush.