Alaska gubernatorial election, 2010

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Alaska gubernatorial election, 2010
Alaska
2006 ←
November 2, 2010 → 2014

  Sean Parnell Elmendorf crop.jpg Ethan Berkowitz.jpg
Nominee Sean Parnell Ethan Berkowitz
Party Republican Democratic
Running mate Mead Treadwell Diane E. Benson
Popular vote 151,318 96,519
Percentage 59.06% 37.67%

Governor before election

Sean Parnell
Republican

Elected Governor

Sean Parnell
Republican

The 2010 Alaska gubernatorial election took place on November 2, 2010. Former Governor Sarah Palin did not run, having resigned in July 2009.[1] Incumbent Governor Sean Parnell, who as lieutenant governor succeeded Palin following her resignation, announced that he would seek a full term.[2]

Following the primary election on Tuesday, August 24, 2010, the Democratic ticket consists of Ethan Berkowitz and Diane E. Benson running against Republican Parnell and his running mate, Mead Treadwell.[3]

In the general election Parnell/Treadwell defeated Berkowitz/Benson by a wide margin.[4] Parnell received over 59% of the vote, which is the highest percentage for any Alaska gubernatorial candidate in history.

Republican primary[edit]

Certified for the ballot[5][edit]

Declined[edit]

Withdrew[edit]

  • John Harris, former Speaker of the Alaska House of Representatives, announced in January 2010 that he would be seeking re-election to his House seat instead[6]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Dates administered Sean Parnell Ralph Samuels Bill Walker Undecided
Hellenthal & Associates July 22-25, 2010 60% 13% 15% 12%
Basswood Research February 27-28, 2010 69% 9% 4% 21%

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Sean Parnell (incumbent) 54,125 50.12%
Republican Bill Walker 35,734 33.09%
Republican Ralph Samuels 15,376 14.24%
Republican Sam Little 1,661 1.54%
Republican Merica Hlatcu 626 0.58%
Republican Gerald L. Heikes 460 0.43%
Totals 107,982 100%

Alaskan Independence-Democratic-Libertarian combined primary[edit]

Candidates[5][edit]

Alaskan Independence Party[edit]

  • Don Wright, bush pilot

Democratic Party[edit]

Libertarian Party[edit]

  • William Toien

Results[edit]

ADL primary results[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ethan Berkowitz 22,607 48.69%
Democratic Hollis French 18,018 38.81%
Alaskan Independence Don Wright 4,104 8.84%
Libertarian William Toien 1,698 3.66%
Totals 46,427 100%

General election[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • Ethan Berkowitz (D)
    • Berkowitz's running mate is college professor Diane Benson, who ran for Governor in 1998 on the Green Party ticket.
  • Sean Parnell (R)
  • William Toien (L)
    • Toien's running mate is Jeffrey Brown.
  • Don Wright (AIP)
    • Wright's running mate is Michigan Militia founder Norm Olson.[8]

Predictions[edit]

Source Ranking As of
Cook Political Report Solid R[9] October 29, 2010
Rothenberg Safe R[10] October 28, 2010
Swing State Project Safe R[citation needed]
RealClearPolitics Solid R[11] October 29, 2010
Sabato's Crystal Ball Safe R[12] October 28, 2010
CQ Politics Solid R[13] October 29, 2010

Polling[edit]

Poll source Dates administered Sean Parnell (R) Ethan Berkowitz (D)
CNN/Time Magazine October 15-19, 2010 62% 36%
Rasmussen Reports October 13, 2010 52% 39%
CNN/Time Magazine September 24-28, 2010 57% 38%
Rasmussen Reports September 19, 2010 54% 34%
Rasmussen Reports August 31, 2010 53% 43%
Public Policy Polling August 27-28, 2010 55% 37%
Basswood Research August 28-29, 2010 54% 40%
Rasmussen Reports July 15, 2010 53% 34%
Rasmussen Reports May 6, 2010 58% 30%

Fundraising[edit]

Campaign activity disclosure reports are filed with the Alaska Public Offices Commission. For the period ending February 1, 2010, the candidates and others subject to filing have reported the following to APOC:

Candidate Cash on hand Candidate's
own money
Total income Total expenses Total debts Surplus/
(deficit)
Berkowitz $0 $10,295.77 $128,178.52 $19,500.20 $0 $108,678.32
Parnell $0 $0 $214,696.77 $93,842.38 $2,025.00 $123,150.38

Results[14][edit]

2010 Gubernatorial Election, Alaska
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Sean Parnell / Mead Treadwell 151,318 59.06 +10.7
Democratic Ethan Berkowitz / Diane E. Benson 96,519 37.67 -3.3
Alaskan Independence Don Wright 4,775 1.86 +1.3
Libertarian Billy Toien / Jeffrey Brown 2,682 1.05 +0.7
Write-in votes 898 0.35 +0.2
Plurality 54,799 21.39
Turnout 256,192 52.3
Republican hold Swing +14.26

Lieutenant Governor's race[edit]

Background[edit]

In Alaska, the lieutenant governor runs separately from the governor in the primary election. The respective party nominees for each office are then joined together as a party ticket in the general election. On occasion, a minor party will nominate a candidate for governor, but without a running mate.

Candidates[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Jonathan Martin. "Palin announces resignation". Politico. 
  2. ^ "Is Palin retiring, or running for president in 2012? - CTV News". Ctv.ca. 2009-07-04. Retrieved 2010-08-21. 
  3. ^ Treadwell, Benson win lieutenant governor races
  4. ^ Election Night 2010: Incumbents Parnell and Young Re-Elected, Possibly Murkowski APRN 3-10-2010
  5. ^ a b "Unofficial Candidate List 2010 Primary Election". Archived from the original on 11 June 2010. Retrieved June 4, 2010. 
  6. ^ Posted By: jjAK49 @ 01.23.2010 2:14 AM (2010-01-23). "Harris pulls out of governor's race". Alaskadispatch.com. Archived from the original on 14 September 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-21. 
  7. ^ a b "Alaska Primary Results, 2010". 
  8. ^ http://community.adn.com/adn/node/153034
  9. ^ "2010 Governors Race Ratings". Cook Political Report. Archived from the original on 26 October 2010. Retrieved October 29, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Governor Ratings". Rothenberg Political Report. Archived from the original on 28 September 2010. Retrieved October 29, 2010. 
  11. ^ "2010 Governor Races". RealClearPolitics. Archived from the original on 27 October 2010. Retrieved October 29, 2010. 
  12. ^ "2010 Governor Ratings". Sabato's Crystal Ball. Archived from the original on 3 October 2010. Retrieved October 29, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Race Ratings Chart: Governor". CQ Politics. Archived from the original on 5 October 2010. Retrieved October 29, 2010. 
  14. ^ http://www.elections.alaska.gov/results/10GENR/data/resultsOF.htm
  15. ^ http://www.elections.alaska.gov/results/10GENR/data/resultsOF.htm

External links[edit]

Official campaign sites