The nation’s lone Independent Governor might lose if a new Alaska Survey Research poll is accurate. The study (9/21-25; 500 AK certain and very likely voters) finds Republican former state Senator Mike Dunleavy leading ex-US Senator Mark Begich (D) and Gov. Bill Walker (I), 44-29-23%, respectively, in the three-way contest.
Originally, most believed that the three-way format would be the main reason that Walker would fail to win a second term, but this poll suggests differently. While Mr. Dunleavy holds a 40:23% favorability rating, former Sen. Begich drops into unfavorable territory at 35:39%, but Gov. Walker falls even deeper to 31:49%.
Dispelling the idea that Walker fares better in a two-way, this poll finds that he would lose to both Dunleavy and Begich in one-on-one races. Against Dunleavy alone, Walker would lose, 54-41%. If Mr. Begich were his only opponent, the Governor would trail 46-40%.
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