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Parnell (R) Jumps To 20-Point Lead in Alaska Governor’s Race

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Incumbent Republican Sean Parnell again holds a 20-point lead on Democratic challenger Ethan Berkowitz in the race for governor of Alaska, according to the latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in the state.

Parnell captures 54% of the vote, while Berkowitz earns 34% support. Five percent (5%) prefer some other candidate in the race, and seven percent (7%) remain undecided.

The contest continues to be ranked Solid GOP on the Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 Gubernatorial Scorecard. Berkowitz faces a tough climb in a state that trends strongly Republican.

Late last month, just after both men won their party’s gubernatorial nomination, Parnell posted a 53% to 43% lead.  It was the closest the race has been and Berkowitz’s best showing so far. In July, Parnell was ahead 53% to 34%, and he held a 58% to 30% lead in May.

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The survey of 500 Likely Voters in Alaska was conducted on September 19, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.


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