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  •  The right wing in AK (0+ / 0-)

    has a long history of splitting the vote. That was how we ended up with Tony Knowles as governor for two terms.

    The great tragedy of Science, the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact. T. H. Huxley

    by realalaskan on Wed Aug 25, 2010 at 11:04:38 AM PDT

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    •  i remember it a bit differently (0+ / 0-)

      the R nominee in '94 [john lindauer] was so thoroughly compromised, he didn't have a chance.  and then knowles squeaked through in '98 for a second term.

      •  Not so for '94. (0+ / 0-)

        He did win a majority in '98, though.

        From wikipedia,

        However, Knowles also benefitted from the split conservative vote due to a strong third party gubernatorial bid by the sitting lieutenant governor. In the election, Knowles received 41.1%, Republican candidate Jim Campbell 40.8% and lieutenant governor Jack Coghill of the Alaskan Independence Party 13%.

        Knowles won the 1998 election in a landslide, defeating Republican John Lindauer 51%-18%. Knowles margin of victory in this race was due largely to a collapsed campaign from Republican John Lindauer, controversy surrounding Lindauer and his misrepresentation of facts on campaign finance documents, and questions about Lindauer's state residency.[citation needed] Republican Robin L. Taylor, who was defeated in the primary by Lindauer, garnered 20% of the vote after announcing his write-in campaign only one week prior to the election.

        The great tragedy of Science, the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact. T. H. Huxley

        by realalaskan on Wed Aug 25, 2010 at 01:14:03 PM PDT

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