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A new ad from conservative group Americans for Prosperity accuses Alaska U.S. Sen. Mark Begich of “not showing up for his job,” missing more votes last year than 80 percent of his colleagues. We checked to see if that was true.Nathaniel Herz

Election turnout underwhelms despite blockbuster spending

August 21, 2014 - 7:52am -- krestia
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Oil companies and their allies spent as much as $170 for every vote they won Tuesday to thwart an oil tax repeal. Candidates across Alaska knocked on thousands of doors and rang countless phones. How did voters respond? With a resounding shrug. 

Alaska’s top union official said Wednesday he doesn’t believe the state AFL-CIO will endorse anyone for governor if the two leading challengers to Gov. Sean Parnell can’t agree to merge their campaigns.Richard Mauer
Oil companies and their allies spent as much as $170 for every vote they won Tuesday to thwart an oil tax repeal. Candidates across Alaska knocked on thousands of doors and rang countless phones. How did voters respond? With a resounding shrug.  Kyle Hopkins
The lead-in to the GOP primary for Alaska's U.S. Senate seat has already racked up an unprecedented $15 million in spending. But the real campaign is only just starting: No fewer than five groups independent of the candidates have announced or disclosed new campaign spending this week aimed at influencing the results of the general election.Nathaniel Herz
Mat-Su Assembly member Jim Colver was leading incumbent Eric Feige on Wednesday in a hotly contested Republican primary for a state House district that runs from Whittier to Valdez to Delta Junction. But some party faithful say Colver is more D than R. Zaz Hollander

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