Republican Joe Miller has opened up a commanding lead in the Alaska Senate race, even with defeated Republican Lisa Murkowski joining the contest, according to a new Rasmussen poll.
Some Republicans had feared that Murkowski's decision to launch a write-in bid would split the GOP vote, paving the way for Democrat Scott McAdams to squeak by with a victory. In fact, the poll suggests that Murkowski is actually taking more votes from the Democrat than she is from Miller.
In the poll released this morning, Miller is the choice of 42 percent of Alaskans polled, Murkowski is at 27 percent, and McAdams is at 25 percent. In a two-way poll taken at the end of August, Miller was at 50 percent and McAdams was at 44 percent.
Rasmussen cautions that polling for a write-in candidate "is always challenging."
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