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AK-Gov: Poll shows Republican Mike Dunleavy holding his lead; incumbent Gov. Bill Walker improves

A new poll in the race for governor of Alaska shows Republican Mike Dunleavy (right) as the front-runner, ahead of incumbent Gov. Bill Walker (center) and Democrat Mark Begich (left). (Mark Wilson/Getty Images, YouTube screenshots)

A new poll on the Alaska gubernatorial race shows Republican Mike Dunleavy with a lead over incumbent Gov. Bill Walker (I) and Democrat Mark Begich.

However, the survey, when compared to the previous poll by the same pollster, shows that Walker has improved his position over Begich.

What are the details?

The poll, which was released Monday by Alaska Survey Research and pollster Ivan Moore, shows Dunleavy ahead of Walker by 19.5 points and ahead of Begich by 23.9 points in a three-way race.

The poll showed Dunleavy would take 46.5 percent of the vote if the election were held today. Walker would receive 27 percent, and Begich would receive 22.6 percent. The poll reported that 3.9 percent of respondents were undecided.

In a two-way race between Dunleavy and Begich, Dunleavy would receive 54.5 percent of the vote, Begich would receive 40.8 percent of the vote, and 4.6 percent of respondents would be undecided.

In a two-way matchup between Dunleavy and Walker, Dunleavy would receive 52.9 percent of the vote, Walker would receive 43 percent of the vote, and 4.1 percent of respondents would be undecided.

In a two-way race between Walker and Begich, Walker would receive 41.9 percent of the vote, Begich would receive 40.5 percent of the vote, and a whopping 17.6 percent of respondents would be undecided.

The poll was conducted Oct. 1-6 and surveyed 500 likely Alaska voters. The poll has a margin of error of 4.4 percent.

What else?

Alaska Survey Research also posted the update on its Facebook page, writing, "Results for our second survey are attached here, with comparisons to Tracker #1. Dunleavy still leads big, not surprisingly. What is surprising is that while Begich was in second in the first poll, Walker is in second now. But it's not a move that's really predicted by a shift in the pos-negs, it's just that you guys CAN'T MAKE YOUR MINDS UP and flit from one to the other."

"You guys drive me crazy," the post later added.

The three candidates will face off in the Nov. 6 general election. You can read more about the candidates’ backgrounds here.

One last thing…
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