The National Republican Party may have gotten some good news Thursday night when Alaskan Senate candidate Joe Miller agreed to endorse whichever Republican won the Senate primary. Dan Sullivan and Mead Treadwell had already agreed to endorse the winner, but Miller had been vague on the matter for months.
University of Alaska Anchorage political science professor Forrest Nabors has been following the race closely. He said Miller’s endorsement could be significant if the race is a close one.
“If the election is close in the fall, his support of the GOP candidate could provide just enough margin to the GOP winner that Begich loses,” Nabors said. “National Republicans are breathing a sigh of relief.”
A recent poll by the national group Public Policy Polling shows Sullivan is still in the lead with 35 points, followed by Mead Treadwell with 29 points and Joe Miller with 20. Miller did pick up a new endorsement on Friday. Former Gov. Sarah Palin announced she would be supporting Miller in the race.