Bob Poe, a former state commissioner and past president of the Anchorage Economic Development Corp., is the first to announce for the race. Republican Gov. Sarah Palin hasn’t said for sure whether she plans to run for re-election.
Poe, asked why he’s announcing so early, said it gives him time to get out and meet voters. He cited a comment in the Alaska Ear, which, reporting on rumors he would run, suggested the first thing that people would ask is, “Who’s Bob Poe?”
Palin is still popular, mind you: Her approval rating is 60 percent, and as much as 51 percent of Alaska wants her to win a second term. That’s just way, way down from approval ratings that once topped 80 percent.
At the least, Poe might spur Palin to spend more time governing and less time belly-aching about how the media mistreated her.
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