Ex-AG Beats Palin Pick in Alaska GOP Primary
Dan Sullivan will take on Mark Begich this fall
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 20, 2014 4:44 AM CDT
Joe Miller speaks during a debate in Anchorage, Alaska earlier this month.   (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen, File)

(Newser) – A Tea Party attempt to overcome a mainstream Republican came up short in Alaska last night as former state Attorney General Dan Sullivan won the GOP primary to become his party's candidate to take on Sen. Mark Begich this fall. Sullivan entered the primary the presumed front-runner, with the backing of national GOP power brokers and a huge cash advantage over his rivals, but Tea Party favorite Joe Miller made a late push reminiscent of his 2010 primary upset of Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who won the Senate race with a write-in campaign.

The race is important to Republicans nationally because Begich, a first-term incumbent Democrat, is seen as vulnerable and the GOP needs a net gain of six seats to take control of the Senate. Begich easily won his primary yesterday. Former Gov. Sarah Palin, who has had little to do with state-level politics since appointing Sullivan attorney general and resigning in 2009, re-emerged to support an oil tax referendum that also was on the ballot—if successful, it would restore the tax system she championed as governor—and to endorse Miller.

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Aug 20, 2014 10:06 AM CDT
I can't think of a better way to alienate moderate Republicans and Independents than to have an endorsement from Sarah Palin. The lipstick is worn off, Sarah, and we can see that you're a pig.
Aug 20, 2014 8:28 AM CDT
I wonder if the tea party will realize how much they've been played?
The Pope
Aug 20, 2014 8:07 AM CDT
Why does the Tea Party have to try and hijack the Republican party? Can't they form their own party, or simply change their name back to the Dixiecrats.