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Nathaniel Herz

Dan Sullivan needed a cough drop.

Less than 12 hours after winning the Republican Party’s U.S. Senate primary in Alaska, Sullivan no longer had a voice -- it had been claimed by the final days of the campaign.

“Won the election last night, lost my voice,” he said in a hoarse whisper. “I think that was indicative of our campaign -- not to leave one ounce of energy left.”

But even before Sullivan spoke from his campaign office Wednesday in Anchorage’s Spenard neighborhood, a high-stakes general election campaign had already begun, with a salvo of attacks heading his way starting just before 1 a.m...

Nathaniel Herz

Alaska voters Tuesday selected former state attorney general and Natural Resources commissioner Dan Sullivan as the Republican nominee in this fall’s U.S. Senate race against Democratic incumbent Sen. Mark Begich.

With 98.6 percent of precincts reporting Wednesday morning, Sullivan led by more than 7,000 votes over his nearest challenger, tea party favorite Joe Miller, with Alaska Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell down by more than 13,000 votes. Sullivan’s support equated to 40 percent of the vote, while Miller had 32 percent and Treadwell had 25 percent.

At least 14,581 votes remain to be counted in the election, Division of Elections Director Fenumiai said...

Nathaniel Herz

Dan Sullivan, the former Alaska attorney general and natural resources commissioner, declared victory early Wednesday in one of the most divisive Alaska Republican primaries in decades, while Fairbanks lawyer Joe Miller ran 8 points behind in second place. Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell trailed third in the fight to take on Democratic Sen. Mark Begich in the fall...

Dermot Cole,Nathaniel Herz

Alaskans will issue a final decision Tuesday on a controversial new oil tax regime, and pick a Republican challenger to Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Mark Begich.

Tuesday’s decisions come after the most expensive primary campaign in Alaska history, with the referendum on a 2013 oil tax cut drawing some $15 million in spending, almost entirely from industry groups trying to keep the new tax system in place, and more than $15 million from the campaigns of the GOP Senate candidates, along with their allies and opponents.

Voters will also choose party nominees for state races and a dozen races for seats in the state Legislature.

Statewide, more than 400 polling places open at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, and close at 8 p.m...

Nathaniel Herz,Alex DeMarban,Richard Mauer

Republican U.S. Senate candidates Joe Miller and Mead Treadwell announced a last-second pair of endorsements Sunday and Monday, with Miller getting support from 2012 presidential candidate and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, and Treadwell getting a lift from Buzz Aldrin, the astronaut who in 1969 became the second person to set foot on the moon.

The Republican primary is Tuesday, and the major candidates include Miller, Treadwell, and Dan Sullivan.

Huckabee, in a statement provided by Miller’s campaign, is quoted as saying that Miller “embodies the kind of values our country so desperately needs.”...

Nathaniel Herz

With time running out to sway voters before Tuesday’s primary election, the Anchorage Baptist Temple hosted its regular Candidate Day on Sunday morning -- an opportunity for Republican hopefuls for state and federal office to make one last pitch.

Actually, as Senior Pastor Jerry Prevo pointed out, there were several Democrats who came out to the East Anchorage temple, including lieutenant governor candidate Hollis French. But the majority of the candidates in attendance were Republicans, participating in a biennial rite of passage for politicians in that party.

Among the candidates present were all three major Republicans running for U.S. Senate -- Mead Treadwell, Dan Sullivan, and Joe Miller -- incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Don Young and Gov. Sean Parnell...

Nathaniel Herz

U.S. Sen. Mark Begich and his allies are slamming their two leading Republican opponents for failing to take a position on a federal law aimed at curtailing domestic violence -- the latest in a series of clashes over social issues in the U.S. Senate race.

Both Dan Sullivan and Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell, the two Republicans who have topped polls leading into Tuesday’s primary, didn’t answer yes or no when an MSNBC reporter asked them if they would have voted to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act in a story that aired Wednesday...

Nathaniel Herz

Alaska U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan has begun what his campaign branded an “Alaska Strong” RV tour for the final days of his campaign, which will take him more than 750 road miles from Anchorage through Kenai, Seward, North Pole and Fairbanks.

Sullivan’s three daughters, his wife and a campaign staffer will accompany him on the trip, which began Friday and runs through Monday evening, according to a news release and a campaign spokesman.

Sullivan will travel most of the way on the RV, with one flight from Anchorage to the Fairbanks area to allow him to attend an event at the Anchorage Baptist Temple, said spokesman Mike Anderson.

Anderson said the RV was bedecked in Sullivan signs, but nothing “too over the top.”

Nathaniel Herz

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin endorsed Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller on Friday, four days in advance of a hard-fought GOP primary election.

In a written statement to Fox News, Palin, a contributor to the network, was quoted as saying: “We said we’d send the good guys in Washington their reinforcements, so, Alaska, here we go! Vote for Joe Miller on Tuesday and shake off the liberal stronghold so we can get on the right track.”...

Nathaniel Herz

Tired of political ads, and hoping for a break after Tuesday’s primary election?

Tough luck.

Republican political group Crossroads GPS is pouring an additional $1.25 million into the U.S. Senate race in Alaska, reserving television spots that would start running Wednesday, according to information from the campaign of Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Mark Begich and filings with Federal Communications Commission. ...

Nathaniel Herz