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Republican US Senate hopefuls square off at forum

By Associated Press 10:59 AM May 2, 2014
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) –

Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Joe Miller said he could not commit to supporting the eventual nominee should his own candidacy falter.

The three major Republican candidates were asked during a forum at the state GOP convention what steps they would take to ensure the Republican nominee defeats incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Begich if they lose the primary. Moderator Ben Brown said over half the questions he received were on that theme.

Both Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell and former state Natural Resources Commissioner Dan Sullivan said they would support the eventual nominee.

But Miller said making such a commitment requires a “baseline of trust.” He said his opponents supported Sen. Lisa Murkowski in 2010, when she lost the GOP primary to Miller and mounted a write-in campaign to keep her job.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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