Independent gubernatorial candidate Bill Walker released the results of a poll that he commissioned by Anchorage-based Hays Research Group that shows that if the choice were between Walker and Gov. Sean Parnell, Walker would be beating Parnell by 2 points. The spread is even wider if those “leaning” toward Walker are included. Democratic candidate Byron Mallott was not mentioned in the survey.
The poll of 474 voters was conducted August 20 – 22. It says that about 39 percent would vote for Walker, and that 4.4 percent are leaning Walker. Parnell would get about 37 percent of the vote with another 2.7 percent leaning Parnell. The margin of error is 4.5 percent. Fifteen percent of the electorate is still undecided.
From a Walker statement on the results:
These poll results reflect the 16 hour days I and others have invested in every corner of the state. We’ve been in nearly every parade and had a booth at most fairs where I have shaken thousands of hands and answered every single question posed to me. Ours is a grassroots campaign and the energy and commitment of our largely volunteer team is unparalleled.
It is true that so far, Walker has run a more energetic race than has both Mallott and Parnell. However, if one of the purposes of commissioning this poll is to push Mallott aside—and there has been talk that an effort to do so is underway–it’ll likely not work. Both Mallott and Hollis French, who is running for lieutenant governor on the ticket, have made it clear that he’s staying in the race and that there will be a Democratic candidate on the ticket. Walker is Republican.
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