Skip to comments.Poll: Alaskans Want Sarah Palin to Run for U.S. Senate
Posted on 05/11/2013 11:42:49 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
A new Harper Polling poll shows a plurality of likely Alaskan Republican voters support their former Governor, Sarah Palin, as a U.S. Senate candidate in the 2014 GOP primary over Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell and 2010 Senate candidate Joe Miller.
The survey of 379 likely Republican voters found that 32 percent support Palin, whereas 30 percent support Treadwell and 14 percent support Miller. The Harper Polling poll, conducted via telephone on May 6 and May 7 on behalf of the Tea Party Leadership Fund, found that 45 percent of likely GOP voters think Palin would fight hardest for conservative values, compared to 25 percent who thought that of Treadwell and 15 percent of Miller.
Similarly, the poll found 43 percent thought Palin would be the strongest person to take on liberal Democrats in Washington, whereas 27 percent thought that of Treadwell and 13 percent of Miller.
Both Treadwell and Miller have launched formal exploratory committee efforts for the 2014 primary race to determine who would face off against Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK). Palin has not indicated she would run....
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Imagine a GOP majority in the Senate led by Palin, Paul, Cruz, Rubio etc?
Diversionary tactic. They would rather have her in the Senate than poised for a WH run in 2016.
I really hope that God has much bigger things planned for her.
Governor Palin AVERAGED 77.3% approval during her governorship, (which she cut short by 16 months) any idea that a Senate campaign would not result in her election, isn’t realistic.
See my tagline.
I’d be as delighted as anyone, but think this is not realistic.
You are right, a Senate job is not the place for a Reagan like leader, an executive type leader, but if she can’t find a path directly to the presidency, then I support whatever she does.
I think her legs got cut out from under her in the 2012 primary, and it showed me how delicate, and unpredictable weaving a path into the primary finals is.
Curiously, then-Gov. Reagan was expected to run against radical ultra-leftist freshman Sen. Alan Cranston at the end of his second term in 1974... but opted out of it because the Watergate fiasco tarred so many promising Republican candidates that year.
Wouldn’t Sarah be a big step up from Lisa Murkowski?
I don’t believe Sarah and Todd want to live anywhere near the septic tank called DC. Sarah’s naiveté in accepting McCain’s call has been cured.
Are you sure? Reagan followed his 1968 presidential campaign with a 1976 campaign that almost stole the nomination from vice-president Ford.
The voting went into the night and Reagan narrowly missed.
It would be exciting but I don’t think that’s what she’ll do. I think she helps people like Cruz get elected.
Yes, quite sure. Since his two terms as Governor was to end in 1974, the next logical step was to run for Senator against Cranston, which would place him in DC. He could run for President later while in the Senate if he so chose to, and would have the added experience of legislative service. I believe this was his plan in 1972. Unfortunately, with Watergate brewing, his plans changed and polling indicated because of the pro-Democrat winds that he would lose if he ran against Cranston, he opted not to do so. If he had run and lost against Cranston, it would’ve damaged his future viability for President in 1976 or 1980.
The point I was making is that Palin could run for the Senate, as Reagan was planning to do, though if she were to lose against Begich, it would damage her viability for a future Presidential run (as Reagan surmised). She’d probably win, since Begich isn’t popular. But the downside is that she’d also get bogged down in Senate politics, tie her to DC dysfunction, and it would drastically curtail her ability to function as an outsider without portfolio.
I was making the argument that the Senate is really beneath her at this point in time, especially if she is to run in ‘16. At the present time, too, I find myself leaning heavily to Sen. Cruz for President, as he is exhibiting singular leadership in that statist and dysfunctional body, far and above almost any other politician at present, including Governors.
OK, between his governorship in 1974, an his almost being president in 1976.
Ronald Reagan could have been Senator if he had desired it.
“..And Sarah laughed”!
“Begich isnt popular.”
Not much polling data out there about Begich since 2011, except for feb. 2013 PPP numbers that show him at 49% approve and 39% disapprove. His numbers tanked in 2010, like most dems, but are up now. Sarah would have an uphill fight to take that seat.
One can run for President and still be in the Senate. In the Senate she will have an official presence in Washington DC. From there she can work to change things and speak out against Obama and Harry Reed and all-—It would be the best place to use her talents. BUT it would not be easy—the left will do all they can to defeat her—but she is a fighter. No, the left do not want her anywhere near Washington DC.
Because the disgraced for SC governor won in a district that is R+11.
Her preferred candidate for senate didn’t win yet Murkowski won via write in. Theres no hope for gop voters if so many are willing to vote for Murkowski over Miller
What if the Senate republicans assured Alaska that if they voted for her, that they would be forgiven and that her seniority would be guaranteed in 2010
And that Miller lost by that SLIM MARGIN?
What do you remember from the details of 2010?
Aren’t Alaska and Arizona majority GOP?
49% is barely 1% higher than his winning margin in 2008. Those are lousy numbers for an incumbent, especially for a Democrat in a Democrat poll. Begich is viewed as a fluke, in light of the fact his win was due entirely to baseless charges made against Ted Stevens.
I expect any credible Republican candidate will beat Begich, and that includes Palin (although Joe Miller might be too controversial). My personal preference is for Gov. Sean Parnell to run. If the Republicans can’t beat low-hanging fruit like Begich in a state that dislikes federal Democrats, they won’t take back the Senate majority in 2014.
From 77% in total to 32% among Republicans is a sad decline.
Alaska is becoming more Libertarian. Was Republican for decades. But since Murkowski altered the game many people up here are more of both sides, gotta remember Alaska is a heavy union state, heavy military, heavy subsistence so you get a whole heck of a lot of people actually having to heavily depend upon the government for their paychecks.
The holout big city such as Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau are pretty much democratic, similar to Austin Texas.
LOL, sure little buddy, Governor Palin isn’t as popular as who?
Problem is that if Palin decides to run for Begich’s seat and wins the primary, the very same GOP-E forces which attacked and undermined Miller to help Mookouski win as an independent would quickly mobilize and do the same to Palin. There wouldn’t be much she could do about it with the Corrupt Bastards Club once again on the ascendency there.
It wasn't that simple.
And she won't.
I am with you, I supported Rubio quite handsomely only to find out it was a very bad investment.
Goes with the old saying, you can wipe out a truckload of “atta-boys” with a single little OH &H!T. He had several truckloads and they are all gone.
She could take a senate seat in a walk.
No need to ‘little buddy’ me, pal.
Sadly, I think that Bedich would win—and that would be the end of any political viability for her.
Much as I’d love to see a Sen. Palin giving the Democrats gas, I like her better on the sidelines throwing bombs and helping conservative candidates get elected.
It looks like the good Senator Rubio has chosen a different path succumbing to the poisonous DC water and no longer prefers to be considered with the likes of Paul, Cruz and Palin. That was really too bad. Hope he sees the light and gets away from his new pals McCrazy, Gramnesty and Chuck-U Shyster.
The Senate with Palin, Cruz and Paul would be a shot in the arm for America and would even re-build the TV ratings for CSPAN.
I just want her to be happy and to serve America in the way that she and GOD deem best. I KNOW that Sarah is of GOD and that she is motivated by good and not by power or wealth. I trust her... so I will support and back her in whatever she decides to do. Personally... I would love to see her in the... WHITE HOUSE!!!
You really should seek help for your PDS.
Paul and Rubio are both pro-Amnesty... not sure where you were when those two left conservatism
DJ, if the U.S. Senate is “beneath her at this point, “ then Governor Palin is in a quandary, because the presidency appears to be unattainable unless she takes on another office and proves her competence. She was governor of Alaska for, what, 3 years? And she would have last served in office, whether elected or alpointed, 7 years before the 2016 presidential elections, without even running for office in the interim. If she wants to be president someday—and she’s certainly young enough to wait until 2020 or 2024—she needs to do something other than talk on TV, send Tweets and campaign for a few Republican candidates. Dan Quayle, who had loads of more experience than she did, failed to run for governor or Senator in Indiana or Arizona after Bush-Quayle list reelection in 1992, and when he ran for president in the 2000 cycle he had become a has-been, overtaken by newbies such as George W. Bush who won two gubernatorial elections during Quayle’s political hiatus. Palin took 4 years off to make some money, and it’s her right to do so, but if she wants to run for lresident she’s gonna need some more experience than “I was elected governor of a small state a decade ago, and served for 3 years.”
As for Governor Parnell, he has already said that he’s running for reelection in 2014. The Lt. Gov. (Treadwell?) is thinking about running against Senator Begich. I hope that the Lt. Gov. runs, because, as impressive as Joe Miller is on paper, Miller has proven that he’s a terrible general-election candidate.
I think she should relocate full time to Arizona and succeed Jan Brewer as Governor. The subsequent face-offs with DC over immigration issues would give her all the prominence she needs.
For sure I will root for and support her if she did run (dont think she will)
I have higher office in mind for her, but time is short as The Lord is near
If she has it in mind to run in 2016 for President, to run for the Senate next year would be a needless distraction. She’d have to start running for the Presidency at almost exactly the time she’d enter into the Senate. Begich could score points asking her, “Are you going to be a full time Senator and devote the full 6 years to Alaska, or are you running for President ?” In Begich’s case, he could answer truthfully that he wasn’t going to be running for President. Simply put, she wouldn’t have the time to devote to the office unless she made a promise that she had no intention to run in 2016 and would not until 2020 or 2024, as you cited.
The political games are too complicated for me. She will always be forced to fight the GOPe as well as the Democrats.
But I hope she does God’s will, and whatever is best for our country.
From your lips to Gods ear!
They’d try to call her a “quitter” if she did, despite Obama, Kery, McCain et al...