The future of America is riding high on this year’s mid-term elections. Republicans are looking good at retaining control of the House, but the Senate is another story. At the moment, Democrats hold 53 seats, the Republicans hold 45 and there are 2 Independents that generally vote with the Democrats. To gain control of the Senate, Republicans only have to win 6 more seats and keep the ones they have.
One of those seats that could be in jeopardy for Democrats is currently held by incumbent Democrat Mark Begich. He is being challenged by Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell (R) and former Alaska Attorney General Dan Sullivan (R).
Begich served in the Anchorage Assembly for ten years before serving as mayor of Anchorage for 6 years. He won the US Senate seat in 2008 by unseating incumbent Republican Ted Stevens by only 4,000 votes. His father was elected to the US House in 1970 and was presumed to have died in a place crash in 1972 when Mark was only 10 years of age.
Treadwell is the current Lt. Gov. of Alaska under Gov. Sean Parnell. He won the position in 2010. In 1989, Treadwell became the City of Cordova’s Director of Spill Response to help the city recover from the devastation of the Exxon Valdez oil spill. He has also been active in helping to establish nuclear safety regulations in Alaska and the circumpolar region.
Sullivan served as the state’s Attorney General under former Gov. Sarah Palin. He is a Lt. Col. in the US Marine Corps Reserves and has been involved with Alaska politics since 2006. Former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice supports Sullivan for his bid to take the US Senate seat from Begich.
The latest Rasmussen Reports survey indicates that Begich’s seat may be in danger of being lost. Those polled were asked:
“In thinking about the 2014 election for U.S. Senate, suppose you had a choice between Republican Mead Treadwell and Democrat Mark Begich. If the election were held today, would you vote for Republican Mead Treadwell or Democrat Mark Begich?”
The survey taken in the state of Alaska indicated that Treadwell was favored 47% to 43% over Begich.
When asked about who they would vote for between Sullivan and Begich, they ended up dead even at 44% with 6% undecided. The primary election will take place on August 19 and if Treadwell wins, he just may stand a chance to steal the seat back from Begich, giving the GOP only 5 other seats to win to gain control of the Senate and force Obama into a truly lame duck position.