Incumbent Murkowski Clinches Alaska Senate Race
former governor Tony Knowles lost his bid to unseat incumbent Republican
Sen. Lisa Murkowski on Tuesday. Murkowski ended up pulling in 49.5 percent
of the vote to Knowles' 45 percent.
in the state's most expensive Senate race -- by mid-October, both candidates
had spent more than $4 million, according to the Federal Election Commission
-- got bitter at times with both candidates firing at each other in
television and radio spots.
in one of her ads that she "fought for the gas pipeline and we won,"
but "the only person in Alaska not happy seems to be Tony Knowles."
Knowles, meanwhile, promised new jobs for the state by building the
pipeline and opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.
He also criticized Murkowski's vote on the American Jobs Creation Act
and charged that she built "a record of putting special interests first,"
according to National Journal's Almanac of American Politics.
Responds to Knowles Criticism
October 22, 2004
In an exclusive interview with KTOO's Alaska Week, GOP U.S. Senate candidate
Lisa Murkowski responded to criticism from Democratic rival Tony Knowles
and discussed education, Iraq, abortion, taxes on oil companies, courtesy
on the campaign trail and the importance of Alaska's open Senate seat.
Interview with U.S. Senate candidate Lisa Murkowski.
From KTOO Juneau
Race Too Close to Call, National Party Figures Campaign for Murkowski, Knowles
October 15, 2004
KTOO's Alaska Week reports on the latest developments in the Alaska Senate race,
including new federal funding for a natural gas pipeline, oil exploration in Alaska
National Wildlife Refuge, the state of Alaska's economy, the effect of national
politics on the Senate campaign, and the impact of national party "stars"
who have visited Alaska on behalf of the candidates.
Report on the Alaska Senate race.
-- From KTOO Juneau
Senate Contenders Duke It Out in Campaign Ads
September 24, 2004
Despite Alaska's solid Republican base that handed George W. Bush a resounding
win over Al Gore in the state in 2000, the Senate race between Republican incumbent
Sen. Lisa Murkowski and former Democratic Gov. Tony Knowles remains tight.
As a sign of how
close the race continues to be, the candidates are saturating Alaska's airwaves
with campaign ads touting themselves as proponents of the state's economy, health,
veterans, teachers and drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
But they also are taking shots at each other in these areas. In September, the
National Republican Senatorial Committee borrowed a page from this year's presidential
campaign, airing ads accusing Knowles of flip-flopping on the Arctic Refuge, school
accountability and third-party advertising.
Juneau's "Gavel to Gavel" features video of the Oct.
28 debate between Sen. Lisa Murkowski and former Gov. Tony Knowles.|
Oil Revenues Drive Alaska Politics
the United States purchased the Alaska Territory from Russia in
1867 for $7.2 million in gold, some questioned Secretary of State
William Henry Seward's decision to purchase the remote land with
its rugged terrain, derisively nicknaming it Seward's Folly. But
his foresight was proved time and again with the territory's strategic
location near Russia during the Cold War and its abundance of oil.
Matters: How Much Do They Have? |
A closer look at each campaign's
finances as they head into the final weeks of the contest.
From the Center for Responsive Politics