A Tougher Foe for Palin?
Eye on 2010 has the news of a new challenger for Alaska's governor: The Alaska Democrat who almost toppled Rep. Don Young last year is ...
Eye on 2010 has the news of a new challenger for Alaska's governor:
The Alaska Democrat who almost toppled Rep. Don Young last year is gearing up for another statewide race -- against Gov. Sarah Palin, if she chooses to run for re-election.
"My sights are now on the governor's race," Ethan Berkowitz, a former leader of the Democratic minority in the state House, said in a phone interview on Wednesday.
In 2008, Republican Young defeated Berkowitz by a 5 percentage-point margin -- a difference of 16,379 votes -- after easily topping his 2006 Democratic opponent by nearly 17 points and nearly 40,000 votes, and winning a landslide victory as recently as 2004 by nearly 50 points and 150,000 votes.
...A statewide poll conducted earlier this month found that Palin is still popular in Alaska. That survey, which had a margin of error of 4.9 percentage points, found that 53 percent of respondents had a positive opinion of Palin, down from a 61 percent feeling favorable toward her during the presidential campaign. The earlier survey also had a 4.9 percentage point margin of error.
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