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 ...
by | May 29, 2009

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.

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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.
Josh Goodman
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