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Alaska Gubernatorial Election

Primary Date
August 19, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Sean Parnell Republican Party
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Alaska State Executive Elections

GovernorLieutenant Governor

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The Alaska gubernatorial election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Sean Parnell (R) is is eligible for re-election. The winner of the election will serve a 4-year term in office.

Alaska is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. Parties decide who may vote in their primary election. The Alaska Democratic Party, Alaska Libertarian Party and Alaskan Independence Party allow any registered voters. The Alaska Republican Party allows only registered Republicans, nonpartisan or undeclared voters.[1]

Candidates

Note: The following list of candidates is not official and will continue to be updated until the 2014 candidate filing deadline. Candidates will be added as we come across them prior to the deadline. If you see a name of a candidate who is missing, please email us and we will add that name. As the election draws closer, more information will be added to this page.

Race background

Republican incumbent Gov. Sean Parnell is seeking re-election in 2014. He had been considering a bid for Congress before announcing plans to run for a second term as governor in May 2013.[10][11]

Parnell has so far drawn two primary challengers, Gerald L. "Tap" Heikes and Brad Snowden. A slew of other candidates have also launched campaigns for the August 19 primary and November 4 general elections, including Democrats Byron Mallott and Phil Stoddard, in addition to several third party and independent hopefuls.[12]

Republican, Democratic, Alaskan Independence and Libertarian Party candidates are not required to petition to appear on the ballot in Alaska.[13] Since its establishment in 2010, the Alaska Constitution Party has been classified as a Political Group and has never produced a viable candidate for Governor. This year, Constitution Party Chairman J.R. Myers wants to change that; Myers must collect 3,017 valid petition signatures by August 19 for a place on the November ballot. If he earns a minimum of 3% of the 2014 general election vote, the Constitution Party will be reclassified from a Political Group to a Political Party and share the same ballot access privileges as the exiting four qualified parties. The Alaska Constitution Party was previously affiliated with the Alaskan Independence Party, of which Myers served two years as Vice Chairman.[14][15]

A Public Policy Poll from May 2014 showed Parnell leading three potential general election opponents, including Myers, by at least 10 points. The next week, Cook Political Report released a new round of 2014 Governors Race Ratings, rating Alaska as "Solid Republican."[16]

Polls

Governor of Alaska
Poll Sean Parnell* (R) Byron Mallott (D)J.R. Myers (C)Bill Walker (I)Not sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Poll
May 8-11, 2014
37%27%4%17%15%+/-4.1582
Ivan Moore Research Poll (Internal)
June 19-23, 2014
42%16%0%29%13%+/-4.05584
AVERAGES 39.5% 21.5% 2% 23% 14% +/-4.08 583
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

**Note: Poll#2 did not ask respondents if they would vote for J.R. Myers**


See also

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References

  1. State of Alaska Division of Elections Website, "Primary Election Information," accessed January 2, 2014
  2. CareClift for Alaska Facebook page, "Homepage," accessed May 19, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 State of Alaska Division of Elections, "2014 Governor candidates," accessed June 12, 2014
  4. Alaska Dispatch, "Byron Mallott to run for Alaska Governor," September 3, 2013
  5. J.R. Myers for Governor 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed February 27, 2014
  6. State of Alaska Division of Elections, "August 19, 2014 Primary Candidate List," accessed May 22, 2014
  7. Phil Stoddard for Governor 2014 Official Campaign Website, "Stoddard for Governor," accessed September 10, 2013
  8. Bill Walker for Governor 2014 Official Campaign Website, "Homepage," accessed September 10, 2013
  9. Daily News Miner, Walker planning to run as independent for Alaska governor, August 1, 2013
  10. Anchorage Daily News, "Parnell says he'll seek re-election as governor," May 3, 2013
  11. Juneau Empire, "Treadwell: 'No interest' in primary against Parnell," December 4, 2012
  12. State of Alaska Division of Elections, "August 19, 2014 Primary Candidate List," accessed May 22, 2014
  13. Ballot Access News, "Alaska Gubernatorial Poll Suggests Constitution Party May Win Qualified Status for First Time," May 20, 2014
  14. Independent Political Report, "Constitution Party Candidate for Alaska," October 1, 2013
  15. J.R. Myers for Governor 2014 Official campaign website, "A Brief History of the Alaska Constitution Party (ACP)," accessed May 22, 2014
  16. Cook Political Report, "2014 Governors Race Ratings," May 16, 2014