Alaska Survey Research, polling for the Alaska Correctional Officers Association (6/15-21; 654 AK registered voters), released the first public poll of the state’s gubernatorial campaign after former Sen. Mark Begich (D) joined the candidate field. According to ASR, incumbent Gov. Bill Walker (I) drops to third place among three major contenders, understanding that the Alaska primary is not until August 21st. For purposes of this poll, only former state Sen. Mike Dunleavy was tested for the Republicans. Neither ex-Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell nor businessman Scott Hawkins was included in the ballot test questionnaire. That being the case, it is Mr. Dunleavy who takes first place with 38%, followed by former Sen. Begich who posted 33%, and Gov. Walker trailing badly with only 23% support.
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