Vic Vickers

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Vic Vickers
Republican Party candidate for
the Republican primary for U.S. Senator from Alaska
Election date
August 26, 2008
Opponent(s)Ted Stevens (R)
David Cuddy (R)
IncumbentTed Stevens (R)
Personal details
Political partyRepublican
Alma materFlorida State University

Raymond B. "Vic" Vickers is an American historian, author, and lawyer. He was a Republican Party candidate for the United States Senate seat held by incumbent Ted Stevens of Alaska.

Vickers is the former assistant State Comptroller, a lawyer, author, and owner of Florida-based maritime company Eller & Co.[1] Vickers grew up and worked in Florida, moving to Alaska with his wife and two children in January 2008. They now reside in a home located in the Turnagain neighborhood of Anchorage.[1] Vickers has encountered criticism for his extremely short residency in Alaska, but has countered with the assertion that over the course of his life he has spent a considerable amount of time in the state. Vickers says that he hitchhiked to Alaska as a college student in 1970, working for two years as an aide to Alaska Supreme Court Chief Justice George Boney.[2] Vickers also states that he has spent time in Alaska almost every summer since then, and is writing a book about the state's corruption problems.[1]

The Alaska Republican primary took place on August 26, 2008. Vickers said he was prepared to spend $750,000[3] of his own money to beat Ted Stevens, and bought up all the statewide television airtime he could for his ads; in the end the amount he spent was closer to one million.[4] Vickers was a registered Democrat in Florida, though has filed to run as a Republican in Alaska.

Vickers has a Ph.D in economic history from Florida State University, and authored the 2007 book Panic in Paradise: Florida's Banking Crash of 1926 and in 2011 Panic in the Loop: Chicago's Banking Crisis of 1932.

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  1. ^ a b c "Who is the mysterious Vic Vickers?". Anchorage Daily News. Retrieved August 3, 2008.
  2. ^ "Meet Vic Vickers". Vic Vickers for U.S. Senate, Official Web Site. Retrieved August 3, 2008
  3. ^ "A maverick runs for the Senate" Herald Tribune Saturday, August 16, 2008
  4. ^ Dillon, R. A. "As Alaska primary election approaches, candidates flood TV with ads".[permanent dead link] Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. Accessed August 30, 2008.

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