Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Rasmussen Poll Shows Alaska Republican Candidate Sean Parnell Well Ahead Of Democrat Ethan Berkowitz; Bill Walker Postpones Write-In Decision Again

Alaska Dispatch reports that a Rasmussen poll of 500 Likely Voters in Alaska, conducted on September 19, 2010, shows that not only does Republican gubernatorial candidate Sean Parnell continue to lead over Democratic challenger Ethan Berkowitz, but has actually padded his lead over Berkowitz. The numbers:

-- Sean Parnell (R): 54 percent
-- Ethan Berkowitz (D): 34 percent
-- Undecided: 7 percent
-- Some Other Candidate: 5 percent

A previous Rasmussen poll taken just after the August 24th Alaska primary election showed Parnell leading Berkowitz 53 percent to 43 percent, so the gap has opened up in favor of Parnell. But also noteworthy is the fact that the increased gap is NOT because of increased support for Parnell, but decreased support for Berkowitz. Parnell's support runs wide, but not necessarily deep; some are still unhappy over his selection of Nancy Dahlstrom and Gene Therriault directly out of the state legislature for positions within his administration. Both ended up resigning when Parnell was accused of violating ethics laws by the selections, particularly when the paperwork in Therriault's case was back-dated.

In response to the poll, Ethan Berkowitz has now turned up the heat on Parnell. In this new press release, Berkowitz takes issue with Parnell characterizing his vote against the oil tax increase in 2006 as making him a supporter of higher taxes. Berkowitz also takes issue with Parnell's criticism of Berkowitz' "Alaskans to Own a Piece of the Pipe" proposal. Parnell condemned the idea by saying that he doesn’t want people to invest their PFD checks on a pipeline project without a buyer, seller, shipper, or concrete plan. But Berkowitz characterizes that as an admission that AGIA is now officially a failure, claiming that it confirms there is no buyer, seller, shipper or plan. This claim cannot be decisively rebutted because the results of the recent open season have been embargoed.

Nevertheless, the new poll seems to be scaring former Republican candidate Bill Walker away from a write-in campaign. Walker once again promised to make a "definitive announcement" of his intentions by September 22nd, and once again has announced that he's not made up his mind. But Walker promises to make an absolute, no-kidding "definitive announcement" on Tuesday September 28th. Does he realize how lame he sounds by his constant prevarication? How can we trust Walker with the state's highest elective office if he can't even make up his mind to run a write-in campaign? The window of opportunity has clearly passed for Walker.

This would be a good time to remind readers that there are two other candidates in the Alaska gubernatorial race; Libertarian Billy Toien, and Alaskan Independence Party candidate Don Wright.

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