Rep. Don Young (R-Ft. Yukon), the Dean of the US House, was first elected in a 1973 special election and has won 21 additional statewide elections. In recent campaigns, however, his margins have grown smaller. Now, pollster Ivan Moore of the Alaska Survey Research firm released a new study conducted the first week of this month (500 AK likely voters) finding Rep. Young leading his Democratic challenger Alyse Galvin, an education reform activist, by just a 50-46% clip.
Seeing polls like this from Alaska are not particularly surprising, and Young’s victory percentages in the last two elections have declined to 50.3 and 51.0%. But, since many independent and minor party candidates run in the Last Frontier, the highest percentage registered against him in those electoral contests is 41.
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