Alaska: Poll: Democrats Still Ahead in Two Races

Posted July 22, 2008 at 6:31pm

New poll results show Democrats with a slight advantage over veteran GOP incumbents in both the House and Senate races.

Polling from mid-July showed former state House Minority Leader Ethan Berkowitz (D) leading Rep. Don Young (R) and Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich (D) narrowly ahead of Sen. Ted Stevens (R) in the trial heat.

The Research 2000 poll, paid for by the liberal Web site DailyKos, surveyed 600 likely voters July 14-16 and had a margin of error of 4 points.

In the uninformed matchup, Berkowitz led Young, 51 percent to 40 percent, with 9 percent undecided. Both candidates, however, first must win their respective primaries: Young is getting challenges from Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell (R) and state Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux (R), while Berkowitz faces 2006 nominee Diane Benson (D) on Aug. 26.

In the Senate contest, Begich led Stevens 47 percent to 45 percent, with 8 percent undecided. Begich also went up Tuesday with his third advertisement of the cycle, a humorous 30-second spot about Congressional ethics titled “Car Wash.”

There was one Republican in the lead on the statewide ballot test. The poll showed Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) leading Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) in the presidential matchup, 51 percent to 41 percent with 8 percent undecided.