Alaska's Senior Senator, Ted Stevens has been a Republican Senator from Alaska since 1968. He has won more than 60% of the vote in every election as a Senator since 1970. In 2002, he won 78% of the vote.
Stevens is now heading into hot water because the Democrats have found a very strong Democrat to challenge Stevens whose name is not Tony Knowles. The popular mayor of Anchorage, Mark Begich is now close to Stevens in the polls. A recent Rasmussen Reports poll shows Stevens leading by one point. 47% of the voters in Alaska view Stevens unfavorably, compared to Begich whom only 35% view him unfavorably. Stevens and Begich each have about 80% of their own party supporting them. The key to the closeness of this race is that Begich leads Stevens in independent voters by 23 points. This could be the key for Begich because the Democrats sucess in the 2006 midterms was mostly due to a much larger percentage of moderates voting Democratic than in 2004.
Why exactly, is Stevens in big trouble after blowing away all challengers for his seat in the past and him being in the Senate since 1968? The FBI raided his home due to an ethics charge and found the man in charge of fixng up Steven's home guilty of bribing government officials.
This is why that if Stevens does not run for reelection, they should not be as worried. But the Republicans will need to find a candidate like Sarah Palin, the current Republican governer of Alaska. She was virtually unknown when she ran but won by seven points against Tony Knowles.
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