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==Key votes==
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===Government shutdown===
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{{Yea vote}} During the shutdown in October 2013, the [[United States Senate|Senate]] rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by [[United States Senate|Senate Democrats]] was to require income verification for [[Obamacare]] subsidies.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/house-effort-to-end-fiscal-crisis-collapses-leaving-senate-to-forge-last-minute-solution/2013/10/16/1e8bb150-364d-11e3-be86-6aeaa439845b_story_1.html ''The Washington Post'', "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013]</ref> The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from [[Republican]] members. [[Mark Begich]] voted with the Democratic Party for the bill.<ref>[http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00219#top ''Senate.gov,'' "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
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===Obamacare===
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{{Yea vote}} Begich voted in favor of H.R. 3590 (The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act). The bill passed the Senate 60-39 on December 24, 2009.<ref>[http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=1&vote=00396 ''United States Senate'', "Roll Call - H.R. 3590," accessed August 13, 2014]</ref>
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==Endorsements==
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Governor [[Sean Parnell]] decided to stay neutral in the Republican primary and did not endorse either his [[Lieutenant Governor of Alaska|lieutenant governor]], [[Mead Treadwell]], or his former director of natural resources, [[Daniel S. Sullivan|Dan Sullivan]]. He stated, "I think both could be excellent U.S. senators, so I’ve chosen to stay out of taking an official position."<ref>[http://www.politico.com/story/2013/11/sean-parnell-alaska-senate-2014-100241.html ''Politico'', "Parnell staying out of Alaska Sen. race," November 21, 2013]</ref>
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===Joe Miller===
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*Miller received the endorsements of two of the most prominent groups which advocate for Second Amendment rights, The '''Gun Owners of America’s Political Victory Fund''' and the '''National Association for Gun Rights PAC'''.<ref>[http://news.deltanewsweb.com/politics/2014/03/18/national-association-for-gun-rights-pac-endorses-joe-miller-for-u-s-senate/ ''Delta News Web'', "National Association for Gun Rights PAC Endorses Joe Miller for U.S. Senate," March 18, 2014]</ref>
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*'''Alaska Right to Life PAC:''' "The pro-life position Joe Miller takes isn’t merely a common political platitude, but is centered in the core of who he is. Joe will be a champion for the pro-life cause in Washington and is exactly the caliber of man we need representing Alaska in the US Senate. Alaska Right to Life’s Political Action Committee is proud to endorse him."<ref>[http://www.peoplespunditdaily.com/2014/04/17/news-events/politics/alaska-senate-candidate-joe-miller-picks-key-endorsement-pro-life-group/ ''People's Pundit Daily'', "Alaska Senate Candidate Joe Miller Picks Up Key Endorsement From Pro-Life Group," April 17, 2014]</ref>
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===Dan Sullivan===
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*'''[[Club for Growth PAC]]:''' Club President Chris Chocola said, "Dan Sullivan is a fiscal conservative with a stellar track record in Alaska and we strongly endorse him for the United States Senate. Dan has fought for pro-growth tax reform, taken on ObamaCare in court, and beaten back federal overreach by Obama’s EPA. In the Senate, Dan Sullivan will continue the fight for economic freedom and we can’t wait to see him help deliver for America the kinds of pro-growth policies he’s already delivered for Alaska."<ref>[http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1280 ''Club for Growth,'' "Club for Growth PAC Endorses Dan Sullivan For U.S. Senate," March 12, 2014]</ref>
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*'''Condoleezza Rice:''' Rice endorsed Sullivan in a campaign ad for [[American Crossroads]]. In the ad she said, "Dan Sullivan is tireless in his defense of this country. He showed that in his service in the military, and he showed that in his service in the White House and in the State Department. Now, Dan faces political attacks because he wanted his family by his side. Remember that serving our country required some time in our capital. Dan will be a great senator because he loves and cares for the state of Alaska, and he's a great family man."<ref>[http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/senate-races/201494-condi-rice-backs-sullivan-in-new-alaska-ad ''The Hill'', "Condoleezza Rice backs Dan Sullivan in Alaska," March 24, 2014]</ref>
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*'''Support and Defend PAC:''' The national veterans group endorsed Sullivan in late July 2014. President and founder Grant Moody said, "We are excited to endorse Dan. We are confident he’ll be a strong voice for the values of economic freedom and good governance that we champion, and that he’ll represent the state of Alaska with the clarity of focus and strength of character that have been instilled in him throughout his military service in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve."<ref>[http://www.sullivan2014.com/sullivan_endorsed_by_national_veterans_group ''Dan Sullivan's campaign website'', "Sullivan Endorsed by National Veterans Group," accessed August 13, 2014]</ref>
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===Mead Treadwell===
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*'''RedState Editor-in-Chief Erick Erickson:''' Treadwell "is better on the stand your ground law in Alaska than his opponent."<ref>[http://www.treadwellalaska.com/red_state_s_erickson_endorses_mead_treadwell ''Treadwell for United States Senate'', "Red State’S Erickson Endorses Mead Treadwell," June 18, 2014]</ref>
  
 
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==Key votes==
 
Below are important votes the current incumbent cast.
 
===Government shutdown===
 
:: ''See also: [[United States budget debate, 2013]]''
 
 
{{Yea vote}} During the shutdown in October 2013, the [[United States Senate|Senate]] rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by [[United States Senate|Senate Democrats]] was to require income verification for [[Obamacare]] subsidies.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/house-effort-to-end-fiscal-crisis-collapses-leaving-senate-to-forge-last-minute-solution/2013/10/16/1e8bb150-364d-11e3-be86-6aeaa439845b_story_1.html ''The Washington Post'', "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013]</ref> The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from [[Republican]] members. [[Mark Begich]] voted with the Democratic Party for the bill.<ref>[http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00219#top ''Senate.gov,'' "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
 
 
===Obamacare===
 
{{Yea vote}} Begich voted in favor of H.R. 3590 (The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act). The bill passed the Senate 60-39 on December 24, 2009.<ref>[http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=1&vote=00396 ''United States Senate'', "Roll Call - H.R. 3590," accessed August 13, 2014]</ref>
 
 
==Endorsements==
 
Governor [[Sean Parnell]] decided to stay neutral in the Republican primary and did not endorse either his [[Lieutenant Governor of Alaska|lieutenant governor]], [[Mead Treadwell]], or his former director of natural resources, [[Daniel S. Sullivan|Dan Sullivan]]. He stated, "I think both could be excellent U.S. senators, so I’ve chosen to stay out of taking an official position."<ref>[http://www.politico.com/story/2013/11/sean-parnell-alaska-senate-2014-100241.html ''Politico'', "Parnell staying out of Alaska Sen. race," November 21, 2013]</ref>
 
 
===Joe Miller===
 
*Miller received the endorsements of two of the most prominent groups which advocate for Second Amendment rights, The '''Gun Owners of America’s Political Victory Fund''' and the '''National Association for Gun Rights PAC'''.<ref>[http://news.deltanewsweb.com/politics/2014/03/18/national-association-for-gun-rights-pac-endorses-joe-miller-for-u-s-senate/ ''Delta News Web'', "National Association for Gun Rights PAC Endorses Joe Miller for U.S. Senate," March 18, 2014]</ref>
 
 
*'''Alaska Right to Life PAC:''' "The pro-life position Joe Miller takes isn’t merely a common political platitude, but is centered in the core of who he is. Joe will be a champion for the pro-life cause in Washington and is exactly the caliber of man we need representing Alaska in the US Senate. Alaska Right to Life’s Political Action Committee is proud to endorse him."<ref>[http://www.peoplespunditdaily.com/2014/04/17/news-events/politics/alaska-senate-candidate-joe-miller-picks-key-endorsement-pro-life-group/ ''People's Pundit Daily'', "Alaska Senate Candidate Joe Miller Picks Up Key Endorsement From Pro-Life Group," April 17, 2014]</ref>
 
 
===Dan Sullivan===
 
*'''[[Club for Growth PAC]]:''' Club President Chris Chocola said, "Dan Sullivan is a fiscal conservative with a stellar track record in Alaska and we strongly endorse him for the United States Senate. Dan has fought for pro-growth tax reform, taken on ObamaCare in court, and beaten back federal overreach by Obama’s EPA. In the Senate, Dan Sullivan will continue the fight for economic freedom and we can’t wait to see him help deliver for America the kinds of pro-growth policies he’s already delivered for Alaska."<ref>[http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1280 ''Club for Growth,'' "Club for Growth PAC Endorses Dan Sullivan For U.S. Senate," March 12, 2014]</ref>
 
 
*'''Condoleezza Rice:''' Rice endorsed Sullivan in a campaign ad for [[American Crossroads]]. In the ad she said, "Dan Sullivan is tireless in his defense of this country. He showed that in his service in the military, and he showed that in his service in the White House and in the State Department. Now, Dan faces political attacks because he wanted his family by his side. Remember that serving our country required some time in our capital. Dan will be a great senator because he loves and cares for the state of Alaska, and he's a great family man."<ref>[http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/senate-races/201494-condi-rice-backs-sullivan-in-new-alaska-ad ''The Hill'', "Condoleezza Rice backs Dan Sullivan in Alaska," March 24, 2014]</ref>
 
 
*'''Support and Defend PAC:''' The national veterans group endorsed Sullivan in late July 2014. President and founder Grant Moody said, "We are excited to endorse Dan. We are confident he’ll be a strong voice for the values of economic freedom and good governance that we champion, and that he’ll represent the state of Alaska with the clarity of focus and strength of character that have been instilled in him throughout his military service in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve."<ref>[http://www.sullivan2014.com/sullivan_endorsed_by_national_veterans_group ''Dan Sullivan's campaign website'', "Sullivan Endorsed by National Veterans Group," accessed August 13, 2014]</ref>
 
 
===Mead Treadwell===
 
*'''RedState Editor-in-Chief Erick Erickson:''' Treadwell "is better on the stand your ground law in Alaska than his opponent."<ref>[http://www.treadwellalaska.com/red_state_s_erickson_endorses_mead_treadwell ''Treadwell for United States Senate'', "Red State’S Erickson Endorses Mead Treadwell," June 18, 2014]</ref>
 
  
 
==Polls==
 
==Polls==

Revision as of 11:54, 14 August 2014



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2014 U.S. Senate Elections in Alaska

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
August 19, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Dan Sullivan Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Mark Begich Democratic Party
Mark Begich.jpg

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Toss Up[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Toss Up[2]


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2014 U.S. House Elections

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Voters in Alaska will elect one member to the U.S. Senate in the election on November 4, 2014.

Incumbent Mark Begich holds one of the most vulnerable Senate seats going into the 2014 election. He has only served one term in the Senate and is a Democrat seeking re-election in a red state. This, combined with the unpopularity of the Affordable Care Act and Begich's support for it, makes this race a toss-up.[3]

Four Republican candidates have stepped up to challenge Begich: Lt. Gov Mead Treadwell, former Commissioner of Natural Resources Daniel S. Sullivan, Joe Miller and John Jaramillo. As of August 2014, Sullivan appears to be the favorite in the Republican primary. He has a strong lead over the other Republican candidates in both fundraising totals and polling results.

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
June 2, 2014
August 19, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: 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.[4]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by July 20, 2014.[5] For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 5, 2014.[6]

See also: Alaska elections, 2014

Incumbent: The election will fill the Senate seat currently held by Mark Begich (D). Begich was first elected in 2008.

Candidates

General election candidates

Democratic Party Mark Begich
Republican Party Dan Sullivan Approveda
Libertarian Party Mark Fish
Independent Ted Gianoutsos
Independent Sid Hill (Write-in)


August 19, 2014, primary results
Democratic PartyLibertarian PartyLimeslashed.png ADL Primary[7]

Democratic Party Mark Begich - Incumbent Approveda
Democratic Party William Bryk
Libertarian Party Mark Fish
Libertarian Party Scott Kohlhaas
Libertarian Party Thom Walker Approveda
Limeslashed.png Zachary Kile (Alaskan Independence Party)
Limeslashed.png Vic Kohring (Alaskan Independence Party) Approveda

Republican Party Republican Primary

Independent Unaffiliated candidates

Withdrew

Limeslashed.png Vic Kohring - Kohring withdrew in early September and endorsed Dan Sullivan[8]
Libertarian Party Thom Walker - Walker withdrew from the race after winning the primary. He was replaced by Mark Fish on the general election ballot.[9]

Rumored but did not run

Race background

Incumbent Mark Begich is a Democratic senator in a red state, making his seat one of the most vulnerable in 2014. The unpopularity of President Obama's healthcare mandate, combined with its poor implementation, is a major issue that Begich will have to overcome in order to win re-election.

Dan Sullivan has been the Republican frontrunner throughout the race and continues to be heading into the primary. He has raised just over $3 million as of the FEC's Pre-Primary report, compared to Treadwell's $1 million and Miller's $566,000.[10][11][12] Additionally, all polling has shown Sullivan to be leading the other two Republican candidates.

Campaign spending

Put Alaska First, a super PAC that supports incumbent Mark Begich, announced plans to buy over $4 million in ads prior to the general election.[13] In response to this news, a number of Republican groups reserved airtime following the primary. Challenger Dan Sullivan bought $480,000 in ads from September 23 through November 4.[14] American Crossroads is reserving $5.5 million in ads this fall.[15] The National Republican Senatorial Committee also reserved $2.2 million in ads.

Third-party candidates

Third-party candidates are likely to play a large role in this election. In 2010 and 2008, a candidate won election to the U.S. Senate without a majority of the votes. Mark Begich defeated incumbent Ted Stevens (R) to win the seat in 2008 by 1.3 percent, while third-party candidates took in over 5 percent of the vote. These candidates may be instrumental in Begich's re-election efforts, as Libertarian candidates tend to siphon off many more Republican votes than Democratic ones.[16]

Race ratings

Most vulnerable seats

The Fiscal Times compiled a list of the seven most vulnerable Senate seats up for election in 2014. The seven included in the list are: Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Dakota, and West Virginia. Going into the 2014 election, all seven seats are held by Democrats.[3]

Democratic incumbent Mark Begich defeated Ted Stevens in 2008 to win the seat. However, the potential loss of jobs at Eielson Air Force Base near Fairbanks could cause Begich to take a hit in his bid for re-election.[3]

Early polling indicated that Gov. Sean Parnell (R) could have been Begich’s strongest opponent, but Parnell decided not to enter the race. The seat is considered a toss-up.[3]

Washington Post top 10 races

According to an analysis by The Washington Post, the U.S. Senate election in Alaska was considered one of the top 10 Senate races of 2014. When Alaska attorney general Dan Sullivan entered the race in late 2013, the Republican primary field became even more murky.[17]

Issues

Republican primary

Immigration

Joe Miller emphasized immigration as a key issue in this race. During a debate held on August 10, 2014, Miller asked primary opponents Mead Treadwell and Dan Sullivan to sign an anti-amnesty pledge reading, "I will oppose any attempt by Congress or the President to grant amnesty (any pathway to citizenship) for illegal aliens." Both Treadwell and Sullivan refused to sign the pledge.[18]

Dan Sullivan

Sullivan's campaign website lists the following issues among others. For a full list of issue statements, click here

  • Protecting Alaskans: "Working to protect Alaskans, particularly the most vulnerable, has always been a critical component of Dan’s public service career. Having the opportunity to serve in a leadership role to find solutions to these critical issues has been an honor."
  • Jobs & The Economy: "The Obama Administration has failed to get the economy moving forward, resulting in one of the weakest recoveries from a recession in our nation’s history. Millions of Americans can’t find work."
  • 2nd Amendment: "As a Marine-qualified “expert” on the rifle and pistol, Dan is a strong advocate and defender of our Second Amendment rights. Americans are protected by the Constitution to keep and bear arms. However, President Obama and Senate Democrats have taken steps to infringe on those rights, and they must be stopped."
  • Energy & Natural Resources: "Given Alaska’s world-class resource base and strategic global location, our natural resource potential can lead America into a new era of economic prosperity. As Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources, Dan defended the state’s economic interests and worked with the private sector to maximize Alaska’s full economic potential. His work has focused on getting big things done for Alaska, and when necessary, aggressively fighting back against those who try to shutdown or delay economic opportunities for our citizens."
  • Healthcare: "Access to affordable and quality healthcare is an extremely important issue to Alaskans, and it is critical for policy makers to achieve that goal. At the same time, we must revive our national economy and rein in the trillions of dollars of deficits that the Obama Administration has run over the past five years."

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—Dan Sullivan's campaign website, http://www.sullivan2014.com/

Mead Treadwell

Treadwell's campaign website lists the following issues among others. For a full list of issue statements, click here

  • Healthcare: "America’s healthcare system needs reform but Obamacare is not the reform we need. I will work to repeal Obamacare. Already businesses across the country are dropping coverage for spouses, cutting back hours for their employees and insurance premiums are up. Their idea: more government dependence. This is unacceptable. Obamacare is making it harder for Alaskans to support their families and it is a dangerous program that we cannot afford."
  • Energy: "The President has a pipeline problem and it is not just called Keystone. Misguided federal energy and environmental policies have been devastating to Alaska and our country. The Trans-Alaska oil pipeline is running less than one-third full. Under President Obama, exploration in the Arctic has slowed to a crawl and the acreage for exploration in the National Petroleum Reserve Alaska has been cut in half. I know Alaska can be the engine that drives America."
  • Second Amendment: "The Second Amendment protects our right to self-defense. Law-abiding citizens have the right to keep and bear arms, plain and simple. I will defend the right for Alaskans to defend their families and their homes. The U.S. Senate Majority today is working to erode our Second Amendment rights and Mark Begich supports their leadership. I will oppose all efforts to water down the Second Amendment."
  • Sanctity of Life: "Government exists to protect our rights and liberties - not to take them away. I believe that this protection extends to all lives, including the unborn. Every person has a purpose and path in the world and I firmly believe life begins at conception. Three years ago, I worked with pro-life groups to pass the parental notification initiative and I have fought to make it work. I do not believe government money should support abortion."
  • Traditional Marriage: "As your Lieutenant Governor I have sworn an oath to defend our state’s constitution and our constitution clearly states marriage is between one man and one woman. Marriage is a sacrament of the church and I will defend traditional marriage as it is defined by our state’s constitution."

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—Mead Treadwell's campaign website, http://www.treadwellalaska.com/issues

Mark Begich

Begich's campaign website lists the following issues among others. For a full list of issue statements, click here

  • Fiscal Responsibility: "After watching Washington rack up a $16 trillion national debt, I knew we had to focus on fiscal discipline for our country. I have been working across party lines to cut wasteful federal spending—large and small. I supported a balanced budget amendment. And I have refused to take a pay raise every year since I’ve been elected."
  • Economy and Jobs: "My top priority is growing Alaska’s economy by creating good jobs right now for Alaskans and investing in critical infrastructure such as roads, bridges, ports and harbors to help create jobs. I secured more than $1 billion to build and fix Alaska’s infrastructure, to create new jobs and expand our economy."
  • Veterans: "When I was elected to the Senate, I immediately sought and secured a seat on the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. With more than 76,000 veterans in Alaska—the most per capita in the nation—we must focus on the critical need for expanded veteran’s health care, job training and placement, mental health support and housing assistance."
  • Energy: "From day one in the Senate, I have championed efforts to get a comprehensive energy bill which capitalizes on Alaska’s role as America’s energy storehouse. Alaskans know first-hand the many options to reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil and create new jobs. We have vast opportunities for increased oil and gas development and renewable energy deployment."
  • Women and Families: "I’ve always been proud that one of my first votes in the Senate was for the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. To me, fair pay for women in the workplace isn’t a complicated issue — it all comes down to basic fairness. The Lilly Ledbetter Act was the kind of common sense, bipartisan solution we need more of in Washington."

[19]

—Mark Begich's campaign website, http://www.markbegich.com/priorities/

Key votes

Below are important votes the current incumbent cast.

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Yea3.png During the shutdown in October 2013, the Senate rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[20] The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from Republican members. Mark Begich voted with the Democratic Party for the bill.[21]

Obamacare

Yea3.png Begich voted in favor of H.R. 3590 (The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act). The bill passed the Senate 60-39 on December 24, 2009.[22]

Endorsements

Governor Sean Parnell decided to stay neutral in the Republican primary and did not endorse either his lieutenant governor, Mead Treadwell, or his former director of natural resources, Dan Sullivan. He stated, "I think both could be excellent U.S. senators, so I’ve chosen to stay out of taking an official position."[23]

Joe Miller

  • Miller received the endorsements of two of the most prominent groups which advocate for Second Amendment rights, The Gun Owners of America’s Political Victory Fund and the National Association for Gun Rights PAC.[24]
  • Alaska Right to Life PAC: "The pro-life position Joe Miller takes isn’t merely a common political platitude, but is centered in the core of who he is. Joe will be a champion for the pro-life cause in Washington and is exactly the caliber of man we need representing Alaska in the US Senate. Alaska Right to Life’s Political Action Committee is proud to endorse him."[25]

Dan Sullivan

  • Club for Growth PAC: Club President Chris Chocola said, "Dan Sullivan is a fiscal conservative with a stellar track record in Alaska and we strongly endorse him for the United States Senate. Dan has fought for pro-growth tax reform, taken on ObamaCare in court, and beaten back federal overreach by Obama’s EPA. In the Senate, Dan Sullivan will continue the fight for economic freedom and we can’t wait to see him help deliver for America the kinds of pro-growth policies he’s already delivered for Alaska."[26]
  • Condoleezza Rice: Rice endorsed Sullivan in a campaign ad for American Crossroads. In the ad she said, "Dan Sullivan is tireless in his defense of this country. He showed that in his service in the military, and he showed that in his service in the White House and in the State Department. Now, Dan faces political attacks because he wanted his family by his side. Remember that serving our country required some time in our capital. Dan will be a great senator because he loves and cares for the state of Alaska, and he's a great family man."[27]
  • Support and Defend PAC: The national veterans group endorsed Sullivan in late July 2014. President and founder Grant Moody said, "We are excited to endorse Dan. We are confident he’ll be a strong voice for the values of economic freedom and good governance that we champion, and that he’ll represent the state of Alaska with the clarity of focus and strength of character that have been instilled in him throughout his military service in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve."[28]

Mead Treadwell

  • RedState Editor-in-Chief Erick Erickson: Treadwell "is better on the stand your ground law in Alaska than his opponent."[29]

Media

Mark Begich released a radio ad on August 19, 2013, highlighting his opposition to the No Child Left Behind Act. The ad states that the No Child Left Behind Act does not work with the diversity of Alaska's schools.[30]

Dan Sullivan

Supporting


Ad in which Condoleezza Rice defends Dan Sullivan

Sullivan for U.S. Senate: "Service"

Sullivan for U.S. Senate: "Big Heart"

Sullivan for U.S. Senate: "Cheap Talk"

Sullivan for U.S. Senate: "Basin"

Alaska's Energy, America's Values ad supporting Sullivan in the primary

Sullivan for U.S. Senate: "Values"

Opposing

Put Alaska First released four ads attacking Dan Sullivan.[31] VoteVets.org also released an ad attacking Sullivan for not protecting the rights of Alaskans.[32]


Put Alaska First - Sullivan's Real Home

Put Alaska First - Lost

Put Alaska First ad attacking the Koch brothers

Put Alaska First - Never Forget

VoteVets.org ad attacking Sullivan

Mark Begich

Supporting


Road -- Mark Begich for U.S. Senate

Put Alaska First ad supporting Obamacare

Mark Begich - Polar Ice

Mark Begich - Clinic

Begich for Senate ad attacking Sullivan and Treadwell for positions on women's health

Put Alaska First ad attacking Sullivan and Treadwell for pushing for more government control

Begich's campaign released the following ad referring to himself and fellow Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski as a great team that shouldn't be broken up. In response to the ad, Murkowski sent Begich a "cease and desist" letter in an attempt to get the ad taken down.[33]


Begich campaign ad describing how he and Sen. Lisa Murkowski are a "Great Team"

Opposing

Americans for Prosperity released an ad attacking Begich for not keeping his word.[34] The American Energy Alliance also released an attack ad targeting Begich for supporting the Carbon Tax.[35]


Senator Begich Needs to Keep His Word

American Energy Alliance ad attacking Begich

Polls

Republican primary

Begich vs. Treadwell

Mark Begich vs. Mead Treadwell
Poll Mark Begich Mead TreadwellNot Sure/OtherMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling (May 8-11, 2014)
41%33%26%+/-4.1582
Harper Polling (September 24-25, 2013)
43%42%15%+/-3.62731
AVERAGES 42% 37.5% 20.5% +/-3.86 656.5
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. 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


Mark Begich vs. Mead Treadwell/3rd Party candidates
Poll Mark Begich Mead TreadwellZachary KileTed GianoutsosSidney HillNot SureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling (January 30-February 1, 2014)
43%37%5%1%1%13%+/-3.4850
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Begich vs. Sullivan

Mark Begich vs. Dan Sullivan
Poll Mark Begich Dan SullivanNot Sure/OtherMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling (May 8-11, 2014)
43%37%20%+/-4.1582
Dan Sullivan internal poll (April 27-28, 2014)
44%42%14%+/-4500
Harper Polling (September 24-25, 2013)
43%41%16%+/-3.62731
AVERAGES 43.33% 40% 16.67% +/-3.91 604.33
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Mark Begich vs. Dan Sullivan/3rd Party candidates
Poll Mark Begich Dan SullivanZachary KileTed GianoutsosSidney HillNot SureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling (January 30-February 1, 2014)
41%37%6%1%2%13%+/-3.4850
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Begich vs. Miller

Mark Begich vs. Joe Miller
Poll Mark Begich Joe MillerNot SureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling (May 8-11, 2014)
43%27%30%+/-4.1582
Harper Polling (September 24-25, 2013)
55%28%18%+/-3.62731
AVERAGES 49% 27.5% 24% +/-3.86 656.5
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Mark Begich vs. Joe Miller/3rd Party candidates
Poll Mark Begich Joe MillerZachary KileTed GianoutsosSidney HillNot SureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling (January 30-February 1, 2014)
45%25%5%1%2%21%+/-3.4850
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Campaign contributions

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Pre-Primary

Mark Begich maintains a fundraising edge over all Republican challengers heading into the primary. He has raised a grand total of $6,340,423 and has just over $2 million left on hand.[36] Dan Sullivan leads the Republican field with just over $4 million in total contributions and just under $1 million on hand.[37] Next up is Mead Treadwell who has received $1.2 million in campaign contributions and reports $141,743 on hand.[38] Joe Miller trails behind the rest of the candidates with $327,781 in total contributions and $188,236 on hand.[39]

Mark Begich

Mark Begich (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[40]April 15, 2013$952,260.37$947,943.67$(382,271.15)$1,517,932.89
July Quarterly[41]July 15, 2013$1,517,932.89$993,064.55$(462,594.51)$2,048,402.93
October Quarterly[42]October 15, 2013$2,048,402.93$813,189.58$(428,646.86)$2,432,945.65
Year-End[43]January 31, 2014$2,432,945$849,363$(473,012)$2,809,296
April Quarterly[44]April 15, 2014$2,809,281$1,045,615$(1,035,974)$2,819,472
July Quarterly[45]July 15, 2014$2,819,472$1,268,202$(1,933,882)$2,153,792
Pre-Primary[46]August 4, 2014$2,153,792$423,046$(515,394)$2,061,443
October Quarterly[47]October 12, 2014$2,061,443$1,515,166$(2,380,003)$1,196,607
Pre-General[48]October 20, 2014$1,196,607$511,783$(986,884)$721,505
Running totals
$8,367,372.8$(8,598,661.52)

Mead Treadwell

Mead Treadwell (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[49]July 15, 2013$10,000.00$10,300.00$(11,660.43)$8,639.57
July Quarterly[50]July 15, 2013$8,639.57$170,270.51$(48,560.77)$130,349.31
October Quarterly[51]October 15, 2013$130,349.31$196,307.58$(171,769.14)$154,887.75
Year-End[52]January 29, 2014$154,887$229,056$(289,140)$94,803
April Quarterly[53]April 15, 2014$94,803$344,507$(262,043)$177,268
July Quarterly[54]July 16, 2014$177,268$164,468$(174,688)$167,047
Pre-Primary[55]August 5, 2014$167,047$92,072$(117,376)$141,743
Running totals
$1,206,981.09$(1,075,237.34)
**As of the Pre-Primary Report, Treadwell's campaign committee owed $248,445 in outstanding loans to Mead Treadwell.

Joe Miller

Joe Miller (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[56]April 15, 2013$426,783.51$47.14$(850.00)$425,980.65
July Quarterly[57]July 15, 2013$425,980.65$18,394.34$(126,920.07)$317,454.92
October Quarterly[58]October 15, 2013$317,454.92$13,691.00$(43,440.49)$287,705.43
Year-End[59]January 31, 2014$287,705$30,490$(86,489)$231,705
April Quarterly[60]April 15, 2014$231,705$101,400$(37,751)$295,354
July Quarterly[61]July 15, 2014$295,354$129,504$(121,297)$303,561
Pre-Primary[62]August 4, 2014$303,561$34,255$(149,580)$188,236
Running totals
$327,781.48$(566,327.56)

Daniel Sullivan

Daniel Sullivan (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[63]January 31, 2014$0$1,276,151$(158,723)$1,117,427
April Quarterly[64]April 14, 2014$1,117,427$1,365,035$(549,140)$1,933,335
July Quarterly[65]July 15, 2014$1,933,335$1,162,842$(1,385,667)$1,710,510
Pre-Primary[66]August 4, 2014$1,710,510$264,329$(981,916)$992,924
October Quarterly[67]October 15, 2014$992,924$2,547,472$(2,378,457)$1,161,938
Pre-General[68]October 23, 2014$1,161,938$501,180$(1,213,612)$449,506
Running totals
$7,117,009$(6,667,515)

Outside spending

As of August 2014, Alaska's U.S. Senate race has attracted over $7.7 million in outside spending. Of this money, $1,772,601 has gone to support incumbent Mark Begich while $1,222,109 has been spent in opposition of him. Dan Sullivan has had $772,677 spent supporting him and $3,837,899 spent in opposition. No outside spending has gone to supporting either Mead Treadwell or Joe Miller, however, $119,317 has been spent in opposition of Treadwell.[69]

Mark Begich

  • Put Alaska First PAC is by far the biggest outside spender in the race. The PAC has spent $4,316,709, more than half of all outside spending in the race, on supporting Begich and opposing Sullivan and Treadwell.[69]
  • The League of Conservation Voters is the second biggest liberal spender in the race. It has spent $759,570 in support of incumbent Begich.[69]
  • Alaska SalmonPAC is the last big liberal spending group in the race. The PAC has spent $406,758 in support of Mark Begich.[69]

Dan Sullivan

The following conservative groups have spent over $10,000 either in support of Dan Sullivan or opposition to Mark Pryor.[69]

Election history

2010

On November 2, 2010, Lisa Murkowski won re-election to the United States Senate. She defeated Joe Miller (R), Scott T. McAdams (D), Frederick Haase (L), Tim Carter (Nonaffiliated) and Ted Gianoutsos (Nonaffiliated) in the general election.[70]

U.S. Senate, Alaska General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Write-in Green check mark transparent.pngLisa Murkowski incumbent 39.7% 101,091
     Republican Joe Miller 35.6% 90,839
     Democratic Scott T. McAdams 23.6% 60,045
     Libertarian Frederick Haase 0.6% 1,459
     Nonaffiliated Tim Carter 0.4% 927
     Nonaffiliated Ted Gianoutsos 0.2% 458
Total Votes 254,819

2008

On November 4, 2008, Mark Begich won election to the United States Senate. He defeated Ted Stevens (R), Bob Bird (Alaskan Independence), Frederick Haase (L) and Ted Gianoutsos (NPA) in the general election.[71]

U.S. Senate, Alaska General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMark Begich 47.8% 151,767
     Republican Ted Stevens incumbent 46.5% 147,814
     Alaskan Independence Bob Bird 4.2% 13,197
     Libertarian Frederick Haase 0.8% 2,483
     No Party Affiliation Ted Gianoutsos 0.4% 1,385
     N/A Write-in 0.3% 1,077
Total Votes 317,723

See also

External links

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