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Sen. Mark Begich of Alaska, formerly the mayor of Anchorage, narrowly defeated scandal-plagued longtime Sen. Ted Stevens to win his Senate seat in 2008. Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell, 2010 Senate candidate and tea party favorite Joe Miller and former Alaska Attorney General Daniel Sullivan are vying for the opportunity to challenge Begich for his seat in November. Alaska's primaries will be held on Aug. 19. (Associated Press)

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In this March 3, 2014 file photo U.S. Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, addresses reporters during a news conference after he spoke to a joint session of the Alaska Legislature in Juneau, Alaska. Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Dan Sullivan said Tuesday, June 10, 2014 that he supports the U.S. Supreme Court decision that allowed unlimited spending by unions and corporations in political races even as he proposed a way to curb outside influence in his contest. Sullivan called on Democratic Sen. Mark Begich to sign a pledge asking special interest groups to stop TV and radio ads by July 4 that support or attack their campaigns. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

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Subcomittee Chairman Sen. Mark Begich, D-Ak., questions witnesses during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Emergency Management, Intergovernmental Relations, and the District of Columbia hearing on “Transparency and Training: Preparing our First Responders for Emerging Threats and Hazards” on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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Walking a tightrope: Sen. Mark Begich is facing fights over environmental issues in his re-election bid as he tries to balance Democratic ideals with energy development in a conservative state. (Associated Press)

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A Public Policy Polling survey released Feb. 4 shows Sen. Mark Begich, Alaska Democrat, with a single-digit edge in hypothetical matchups with the two leading Republican candidates. (Associated Press)

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Walking a tightrope: Sen. Mark Begich is facing fights over environmental issues in his re-election bid as he tries to balance Democratic ideals with energy development in a conservative state. (Associated Press)

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U.S. Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, addresses reporters during a news conference after he spoke to a joint session of the Alaska Legislature on Monday, March 3, 2014, in Juneau, Alaska. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

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U.S. Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, addresses reporters during a news conference after he spoke to a joint session of the Alaska Legislature on Monday, March 3, 2014, in Juneau, Alaska. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

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FILE - In this March 28, 2012 file photo, Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Begich recently commented on raising the minimum wage.(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

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Sen. Mark Begich, a Democrat and former Anchorage mayor, is dismissing Sarah Palin as a viable candidate. (Mark Begich)

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Sen. Mark Begich, Alaska Democrat, Sen. Mark L. Pryor, Arkansas Democrat, Sen. Jeff Flake, Arizona Republican, and Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, (from left) discuss their bill to keep guns from being legally purchased by people with serious mental health problems. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** In this photo taken, Tuesday, March 27, 2012, Iraq war veteran Army 1st Lt. Paul Rieckhoff, right, joined by, from left, Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska., Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., speaks during a news conference introducing the GI benefit watchdog bill, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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** FILE ** In this photo taken, Tuesday, March 27, 2012, Iraq war veteran Army 1st Lt. Paul Rieckhoff, right, joined by, from left, Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska., Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., speaks during a news conference introducing the GI benefit watchdog bill, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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Sen. Charles E. Schumer points to a countdown clock on the transportation bill on Capitol Hill, pushing the House to pass the Senate bill. Sens. Mark Begich and Barbara Boxer are behind him. "Speaker [John A.} Boehner has once again been painted in a corner by the tea-party wing of his caucus," Mr. Schumer said Wednesday. (Associated Press)