Dan Sullivan, the former Alaska attorney general and natural resources commissioner, declared victory early Wednesday in one of the most divisive Alaska Republican primaries in decades, while Fairbanks lawyer Joe Miller ran 8 points behind in second place. Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell trailed third in the fight to take on Democratic Sen. Mark Begich in the fall.
With more than 98 percent of precincts reporting, Sullivan picked up more than 40 percent of the vote, followed by Miller with 32 percent and Treadwell with 25 percent. The Associated Press called the race for Sullivan at about 1:15 a.m. Wednesday. In a statement, Sullivan said he looked "forward to painting a clear contrast between Mark Begich’s inability to move our state forward and my vision for a brighter and better Alaska."
A short post of Joe Miller's blog, "Restoring Liberty," early Wednesday morning said Miller had called Sullivan to congratulate him. "While there are still over 20,000 absentee ballots to be counted and several major precincts yet to report, it seems unlikely we will be able to close the 7000 vote gap, given the current trends. I have called and congratulated Dan Sullivan for running a strong campaign.”
I have to admit I am a little shocked that Miller had such a strong showing.
I was pretty sure that he would trail both Sullivan and Treadwell, so the fact that he pulled in 32 percent is a little troubling. Sometimes I forget just how many idiots are living up here with me.
Of course Sullivan is no prize either.
He is a carpetbagger from the east coast who has claimed on his taxes that his principle residence is in Maryland. He was appointed as the Alaska Attorney General by then Governor Sarah Palin, after her earlier appointee, Talis Colberg, resigned in disgrace, and the Alaska Legislature rejected her first choice as his replacement, Wayne Anthony Ross.
So yes Sullivan is another Palin-ite who has continued to protect her up here, and who as Senator will undoubtedly do exactly as you would expect an associate of the Wasilla Wendigo to perform his duties.
Sullivan will have a lot of money to work with in the November election so Begich needs all of the support he can get.
I predict Begich will win, but it will undoubtedly be a squeaker.