And how does Tea Party wild card and 2010 U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller (R. AK) do against Begich? Not good at all:Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) beats out Sarah Palin and every other declared or potential challenger in Alaska's upcoming Senate race, according to a new poll.
The Public Policy Polling survey released Tuesday found Begich leading former Alaska Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Dan Sullivan (R) 41 percent to 37 percent. In a matchup against Alaska Lieutenant Gov. Mead Treadwell Begich leads 43 percent to 37 percent.
Interestingly, in a matchup against Sarah Palin, Begich leads by only 4 percentage points. The poll found Begich leading Palin 44 percent to 40 percent.
None of the third-party candidates included in the PPP poll came within spitting distance of the incumbent senator. - TPM, 2/4/14
Good news indeed but it's still pretty early and Begich is a top target for the GOP. However, the GOP could screw this up depending on their primary. In the mean time, if you'd like to donate or get involved with Begich's campaign so he can stay in the U.S. Senate to continue to fight for expanding Social Security, GMO labels and Native American affairs, please click here:If 2010 Senate nominee Joe Miller (R) somehow gets the nod this time, the race is basically over — Begich leads him by 45 percent to 25 percent.
Begich has so-so approval ratings in the heavily Republican state, with 43 percent approving and 44 percent disapproving of his job peformance.
President Obama is clearly dragging down his chances at reelection, however. Obama has just a 35 percent approval rating in Alaska, with 58 percent disapproving.
Begich is a top GOP target.
The automated telephone poll of 850 Alaska voters, with an internet oversample, was conducted on Jan. 31 and Feb 1. - The Hill, 2/4/14