A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in Alaska shows Republican Joe Miller with 35% support and Murkowski, the incumbent senator he defeated in the state’s GOP Primary now running as a write-in candidate, with 34% of the vote. Democrat Scott McAdams runs third with 27%. One percent (1%) prefers another candidate, and three percent (3%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)As Hot Air's Allahpundit mentions, these numbers aren't from a "Democratic internal poll or Zogby," but Rasmussen Reports (the trusted pollsters for conservatives), and Rasmussen seems to be telling the truth this time because other polls have shown similar results.
The race remains Solid Republican in the Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 Senate Balance of Power rankings because if Murkowski wins she is expected to caucus with the GOP in the Senate.
Less than a month ago, just after Murkowski kicked off her write-in campaign, Miller earned 42% support to her 27%, with McAdams at 25%.
I find this interesting because of the fact that when given the choice between Joe Miller, the tea party candidate who won the GOP primary, the Democratic choice Scott McAdams, and current GOP incumbent and write-in candidate Lisa Murkowski (who is branding herself as a moderate), Murkoski has over a third of the vote, and considering that number climbed 7 points in less than a month, things aren't looking good for the teabaggers who want to elect their hypocrite Miller into office.
Makes you wonder about other congressional and gubernatorial races - when given a third option in the general election (where everyone has a say), the tea party-backed candidate loses ground. Interesting...