New Polls Show Begich Trailing Sullivan in Alaska Senate Race

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For Democratic Senator Mark Begich, the latest news is not encouraging. 

Three polls released Thursday all show Begich trailing his Republican challenger, Dan Sullivan, in their hotly contested race that will help decide which party controls the U.S. Senate. 

The silver lining for Begich is that all three surveys were conducted by partisan Republican pollsters or Republican-leaning outfits. The Dittman Research poll, which was paid for by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, puts Sullivan ahead of Begich by a margin of 49—43 percent. Rassmussen's survey of 750 likely voters gave Sullivan a five-point lead. A third GOP group's poll has Sullivan up by 6. 

The bad news, however, is that the left-leaning polling organization PPP released a poll on Tuesday showing Sullivan with a two-point lead in the race. 

“If four polls come out in a row showing Sullivan in the lead, he’s probably in the lead," liberal pollster Ivan Moore told the Alaska Dispatch News.

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