Is Alaska’s Senate Seat Now Up For Grabs?
With Joe Miller looking like he might steal the Alaska GOP senate from Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R), Jonathan Chait asks whether this means the Tea Party has put yet another Senate seat in play for November. Sitka Mayor Scott McAdams (D-Alaska) handily won the Democratic Senate nomination yesterday, and liberals have been hoping for some time that an upset on the GOP side might give their guy a leg up:
Hopefully, more attention will begin to come Scott McAdams‘ way. I’ve had two detailed talks with Scott in the past month. He is a fully pragmatic progressive. He is quickly transforming Sitka, one of the most beautiful little cities in Alaska, into a blue island in the Southeast Alaska political archipelago. Should Joe Miller win the GOP primary, McAdams will be attractive to the plurality of Alaskans who are registered as non-partisan or independent.
McAdams gives a dynamic stump speech that resonates powerfully in Alaska’s coastal communities. He was inspired to run, back in late May, when Murkowski jumped to defend BP, and attempted to stop legislation raising the cap on spill liability from $75 million to a more realistic amount. Then Lisa attacked the EPA and its authority over clean air and clean water.
I don’t see any polls that match up Miller and McAdams — both virtually unknown characters outside Alaska before today — but it’s now become a race to watch in the weeks ahead.