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Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin leads the field for Alaska’s lone House seat, a new poll finds.
Palin, former governor of The Last Frontier State, has a five-point lead over independent Al Gross in the primary field, a Must Read Alaska survey found.
Former President Donald Trump endorsed Palin on April 3, soon after she entered the race.
A nonpartisan primary is scheduled for June 11. There will be 48 names on Alaska’s primary ballot, though only those considered most viable for the Aug. 16 ranked-choice general election ballot were included in the poll.
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Likely voters were asked, “Of several possible candidates in the 2022 election for Congress, if the election were held today, for whom would you vote?” The results were:
- Sarah Palin, 31%
- Doctor and commercial fisherman Al Gross, 26%
- Nick Begich, 21%; his grandfather once held the seat
- Anchorage Assembly member Chris Constant, 7%
- State Sen. Josh Revak, 3%
- Tara Sweeney, 2%; former Alaska Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs
- Another candidate not listed, 4%
- Undecided, 6%
The poll, however, also indicated that the Palin campaign faces a negative factor.
When asked their favorable/unfavorable opinion about Palin, voters responded:
- 37% said their opinion of Palin was favorable.
- 51% said they have an unfavorable opinion of Palin.
- 12% had no opinion of Palin.
Gross, however, also faces a similar predicament:
- 32% favorable.
- 51% unfavorable.
- 17% with no opinion.
Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, the longest-serving member of Alaska’s congressional delegation, died in March at age 88. Continue reading at Newsmax.