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February 9, 2016

Super PAC Greets Sullivan Win With Attack Ad

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Begich-friendly super PAC has a TV ad against Sullivan. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Alaska’s newly minted Republican Senate nominee will awake the morning after his primary victory to a negative TV ad from a Democratic super PAC.

Put Alaska First, a group formed to support Democratic Sen. Mark Begich, launched an ad Wednesday against Republican Dan Sullivan targeting his lack of Alaska roots and using a controversial mining project in the state as a wedge issue.

“There’s two things you need to know about Dan Sullivan,” a Dillingham, Alaska, resident says in the ad, which is airing statewide on broadcast and cable. “He’s not from Alaska, and he supports the Pebble Mine.”

The Pebble Mine is one of a trio of initiatives that will grace the general-election ballot and are expected to drive up turnout among single-issue voters potentially more likely to support Begich.

Sullivan defeated 2010 Senate nominee Joe Miller and Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell in Tuesday’s primary. Republicans believe they have their strongest possible candidate to take on Begich, who is one of the most vulnerable senators.

The race is rated Tilts Democratic by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

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  • meanmarine

    The Democrats are such hypocrites and nothing better exemplifies that then saying Sullivan, who has lived in Alaska 20 plus years, is not enough of an Alaskan to be elected to the Senate as that States Senator. Did they say that when Bobby Kennedy and Hilliary Clinton ran for their Senate seats from New York and won after only living in the state for less than a year. President Obama did not live in Illinois but only for a short time before running for the Senate and winning, should any of these three have been disqualified by the voters for not being native sons and women, I think not. The Dems should stick to the issues that separate these two candidates and then let the voters decide who they want representing them in Washington. Making an issue about how only 20 years as a resident is just a smoke screen to conceal whatever it they are trying to divert attention from.

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