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ALASKA

Palaskaopulation: 738,432 (2015)

Filing deadline: June 1, 2016.

Primary: August 16, 2016.

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Alaska (R+12) is a Republican state, but not as socially conservative as The South and sometimes elects centrist Democrats. The GOP has split into several factions here, some along political, some along personal lines. Alaska was 68% White, 13% Native American and 6% Asian as of 2010.

FEDERAL LEVEL

Electors: 3. Alaska is solidly Repub­lican in Presidential elections.

Senators: 2 Republicans.

Dan Sullivan. (Pic: Congress)

Dan Sullivan. (Pic: Congress)

Senator class 2: Dan S. Sullivan (R)
Committees
: Armed Forces, Commerce, Environment, Veteran’s Affairs.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nomineeDan Sullivan

Rating, May 13, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2020.

Status, May 13, 2016:
Lawyer, state Attorney General and Director for the state’s natural resources, Dan S. Sullivan (b.1964) knocked out the incumbent Democrat with almost 48% in 2014.

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Lisa Murkowski. (Pic: Congress)

Lisa Murkowski. (Pic: Congress)

Senator class 3: Lisa Mur­kowski (R)
Committees
: Energy & Natural Resources (Chair), Appropriations, Health & Education, Indian Affairs.

Democratic nomineeRay Metcalfe
Republican nominee: Lisa Mur­kowski

Rating, May 13, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, Aug 31, 2016:
Lawyer and State Representative Lisa Murkowski (b.1957) was appointed by her father Frank Murkowski to his Senate seat when he became governor in 2002. This blatant act of nepotism made her unpopular initially, and she barely won in 2004. She lost the GOP nomination in 2010, but won in November as a write-in, with less than 40%. The Dems nominated real estate broker and former GOP State Rep. Ray Metcalfe.

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House of Representatives: 1 Republican.

Don Young. (Pic: Congress)

Don Young. (Pic: Congress)

District 1
Representative: Don Young (R)
Committees
: Natural Resources, Transportation.

Democratic nomineeSteve Lindbeck
Republican nominee: Don Young

Rating, Aug 31, 2016:
Likely GOP in 2016.

Status, Aug 31, 2016:
The district consists of all of Alaska, making it over twice as big as Texas. Teacher and State Senator Don Young (b.1933) won it in a special election in 1973. He has built himself a reputation as King of Pork, but several minor incidents last cycle led to him taking only 51%, so he may be vulnerable this year. The Democrats nominated businessman and journalist Steve Lindbeck, who is fairly well known in Alaska.

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STATE LEVEL

Bill Walker. (Pic: State of AK)

Bill Walker. (Pic: State of AK)

Governor: Bill Walker (U)

Independent nominee: Bill Walker
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 13, 2016:
Leans Independent in 2018.

Status, May 13, 2016:
Lawyer, ex-Republican and Mayor Bill Walker (b.1951) teamed up with the Democrats’ nominee for Governor, former Juneau Mayor Byron Mallott, and knocked off the incumbent Republican in 2014 with 48%.

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Byron Mallott. (Pic: State of AK)

Byron Mallott. (Pic: State of AK)

Lieutenant Go­vernor: Byron Mallott (D)

Democratic nominee: Byron Mallott
Republican nominee: ?

Status, May 13, 2016:
The Lieutenant Govenor is nominated separately from, but elected on a ticket with the Governor. Byron Mallott (b.1943) had several posts in the State administration of Alaska before becoming Mayor of Juneau. He was elected LG in 2014.

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State Senate: 20 (6D / 14R). Term: 4 years. Half elected in 2016/2018.
State House: 40 (16D / 23R / 1I). Term; 2 years. Elections in 2016.

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