Alaska Resources

Population: 738,432 (2015)

Filing deadline: June 1, 2018.

Primary: Aug. 21, 2018.

Alaska (R+12) is a Republican state, but not as socially conservative as The South and sometimes it 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

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

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Dan Sullivan

Rating, Jan 24, 2017:
TBD.

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

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Lisa Murkowski

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

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Lisa Mur­kowski

Rating, Jan 24, 2017:
TBD.

Status, Jan 7, 2017:
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%. She was reelected with 44% in 2016.

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House of Representatives: 1 Republican.

Don Young

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

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Don Young

Rating, July 22, 2017:
Safe GOP.

Status, Jan 7, 2017:
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 only won 50% in 2016.

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STATE LEVEL

Inauguration Day: The first Monday of December.

The Governor & LG of Alaska are term limited to 2 x 4 years. After 4 years, they can run for another 2 x 4 years.

Bill Walker

Governor: Bill Walker (U)

Independent nominee: Bill Walker
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 20, 2017:
Lean Ind.

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

Lieutenant Go­vernor: Byron Mallott (I/D)

Democratic nominee: Byron Mallott
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 20, 2017:
Lean Ind.

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 2018/2020.
State House: 40 (17D / 21R / 2I). Term; 2 years. Elections in 2018. (3 Republicans are siding with the Democrats and Independents to form a majority coaliton)

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