New polling provides split picture of Alaska Senate race

New polling provides split picture of Alaska Senate race


GOP hopes of holding the Senate are facing a new roadblock about 4,200 miles away from Washington, D.C.

A new poll of Alaskan voters finds Democratic-backed independent Al Gross leading by one point over Republican incumbent Sen. Dan Sullivan. The survey, issued by Harstad Strategic Research, found 47% of Alaskan voters backing Gross with 46% backing Sullivan. The poll was taken between Oct. 10 and Oct. 13 and has a margin of error of 4 percentage points.

The last survey issued by Harstad was conducted between Oct. 2-6, when the firm found the two candidates tied. The first poll by the group, conducted in late September, found Sullivan with a one-point lead over Gross.

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“This progress confirms Dr. Gross’ continuing momentum and steady climb in recent months to his first tiny lead over Sullivan,” wrote Harstad CEO Paul Harstad.

Democrats, who need to win about four seats in November to regain control of the Senate, have until

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