- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 9, 2014

Republican Daniel S. Sullivan holds a 6-point lead over incumbent Alaska Sen. Mark Begich in a new poll released Thursday, as the challenger solidifies support in a race that will help decide whether the GOP can wrest Senate control from Democrats.

The CNN/ORC poll found Mr. Sullivan, a former Alaska Commissioner of Natural Resources, ahead of Mr. Begich 50 percent to 44 percent among likely voters in Alaska.

The results mirror a string of recent polls that show Mr. Sullivan in the lead. Mr. Begich, who is in his first re-election race and considered one of the most vulnerable Senate Democrats this year, has not led in a major poll since July.

In the new poll, 83 percent of likely voters said their minds were made up in this election. About 14 percent said they could still change their minds.

Mr. Begich’s troubles running as a Democrat in a red state are compounded this year by the extreme unpopularity of Obamacare in Alaska and his support for the president’s health care law.

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