by Angela Blanchard
Thursday, October 9, 2008
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The latest poll numbers show Sen. Ted Stevens' legal troubles are not preventing him from running a close race for re-election.
Ivan Moore Research surveyed 500 Alaska voters statewide last weekend.
The results show Democratic candidate Mark Begich with a 4-point lead over Stevens, the incumbent.
Pollster Ivan Moore says poll numbers have fluctuated greatly since Stevens' indictment, but more than half of voters are still giving Stevens a positive rating.
"The poll that we did a couple of weeks before the indictment came down," Moore said. "The poll that we did showed Begich 8 points in the lead, and now the last three polls have been 3 points, 2 points, and 4 points to Begich," Moore said.
"Alaska is the only place where you can get indicted and actually make up ground in a race."
In the U.S. House race, Democrat Ethan Berkowitz again had a lead over incumbent Republican Don Young.