Fran Ulmer's campaign says its candidate has narrowed the gap in the governor's race.
A poll released today and conducted by a union supporting Ulmer showed 41 percent of the vote going to the Democratic lieutenant governor. The survey showed 48 percent of the vote going to Republican U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski. It assumed Ulmer and Murkowski would win their party primaries Aug. 27.
"What's encouraging to us is the trend," said Ulmer spokesman Jason Moore, noting earlier polls showing Murkowski 10 percent to 15 percent ahead. "Fran knew she would be an underdog coming into this campaign."
The Murkowski campaign said its polls show its candidate ahead by a larger margin, but 7 percent is good enough.
"We're glad to see Fran Ulmer's polls show a significant majority of Alaskans prefer Frank Murkowski to be the next governor," said campaign spokesman Dan Saddler. "It supports our polls that have consistently shown Frank Murkowski beat Ulmer by double-digit margins."
Saddler said the Murkowski campaign would not release its latest poll numbers.
The poll released by Ulmer's campaign was conducted by Anchorage-based Ivan Moore Research and was paid for by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, a union that has endorsed Ulmer.
Conducted July 11-13, it asked 300 people how they would vote if the election was held the day they were polled, Jason Moore said. It also named Green Party candidate Desa Jacobsson, who received 2.2 percent, and Republican Moderate Party candidate Dawn Meddias, who got 0.6 percent. The Alaskan Independence Party was included with none of its six primary candidates named and received 1.9 percent. The Libertarian Party and its candidate Bill Toien were not included in the survey.
Some 16 candidates from six parties are on the Aug. 27 primary ballot, where voters can chose from only candidates of one party. Winners face off in the Nov. 5 general election.
Ed Schoenfeld can be reached at eschoenfeld@juneauempire. com.
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