Longest-Serving Rep. Trails in Latest Poll

Newcomer Alyse Galvin leads Republican Don Young by one point in Alaska race
By Luke Roney,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 2, 2018 1:52 PM CDT
In Congress 45 Years, His Race Is Neck and Neck
US Rep. Don Young, left, and Alyse Galvin are shown prior to a debate Oct. 26.   (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

The longest-serving member of the House is trailing his Democrat challenger by one point, according to new poll numbers released by Alaska Survey Research. The Hill reports that 48% of likely Alaska voters say they will cast ballots for Republican Don Young, who has served since 1973, while 49% say they will support Democrat Alyse Galvin in her bid for the state’s sole House seat; 3% are undecided. As the longest-serving member of the House, the 85-year-old Young was given the ceremonial role of Dean of the House of Representatives last year, per Talk Media News, which notes that “Alaska is one of the most reliably (Republican) states in the nation” and has two Republican senators.

Galvin, 53, is a newcomer to politics. The Alaska Survey Research poll, which surveyed 500 likely voters late last month and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points, also found that 44% of respondents have a negative impression of Young and 12% are neutral; 17% have a negative impression of Galvin, while 21% are neutral and 22% aren’t sure who she is. (Across the US, "something special" is happening with early voting.)

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