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United States Senate election in Alaska, 2016

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  Lisa Murkowski official photo.jpg Joe Miller (cropped).jpg
Nominee Lisa Murkowski Joe Miller
Party Republican Libertarian
Popular vote 138,149 90,825
Percentage 44.4% 29.2%

  Margaret Stock (cropped).jpg 3x4.svg
Nominee Margaret Stock Ray Metcalfe
Party Independent Democratic
Popular vote 41,194 36,200
Percentage 13.2% 11.6%

Alaska senate election results by state house district, 2016.svg
House District Results
Murkowski:      30-40%      40-50%      50-60%
Miller:      40-50%

U.S. Senator before election

Lisa Murkowski
Republican

Elected U.S. Senator

Lisa Murkowski
Republican

The 2016 United States Senate election in Alaska was held on November 8, 2016, to elect a member of the United States Senate to represent the State of Alaska, concurrently with the 2016 U.S. presidential election, as well as other elections to the United States Senate in other states and elections to the United States House of Representatives and various state and local elections.

Incumbent Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski won re-election to a third term in office. [1] The primaries were held on August 16. [2] She was challenged by several candidates, including: Democrat Ray Metcalfe, a former Republican state legislator; Independent Margaret Stock, an attorney; and Libertarian Joe Miller, who had previously defeated Murkowski for the Republican nomination six years before. [3]

Murkowski was re-elected with 44.4% of the vote, becoming the first person in history to win three elections to the U.S. Senate with pluralities but not majorities, having taken 48.6% in 2004 and 39.5% in 2010. [4] Miller's 29.2% finish was the best ever for a Libertarian candidate in a U.S. Senate election in terms of both total votes and vote percentage. His vote total was surpassed 2 years later by Gary Johnson, though Miller received a higher percentage of the overall vote. [5]

Background

After Republican U.S. Senator Frank Murkowski was elected Governor of Alaska in 2002, he appointed his daughter Lisa to the Senate to replace him. She was elected to a full term in 2004 but was defeated in the Republican primary in 2010 by Tea Party challenger Joe Miller. [6] She ran as a write-in candidate in the general election and was re-elected to a second full term with 39.5% of the vote to Miller's 35.5% and Democratic nominee Scott McAdams' 23.5%. [7] [8] She is one of only two U.S. Senators to be elected via write-in votes, the other being Strom Thurmond in 1954. [9]

Republican primary

As Murkowski was defeated in the Republican primary in 2010, it had been speculated that she would be challenged from the right again in 2016. [10] [11]

Candidates

Declared

  • Paul Kendall [12]
  • Thomas Lamb, candidate for the State House in 2006 [12] [13]
  • Bob Lochner, mechanic and candidate for the State House in 1996 [12] [14]
  • Lisa Murkowski, incumbent U.S. Senator since 2002 [2]

Withdrew

Declined

Endorsements

Lisa Murkowski
Governors
U.S. Senators
Bob Lochner

Results

Republican primary results [30]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Lisa Murkowski 39,545 71.52%
Republican Bob Lochner 8,480 15.34%
Republican Paul Kendall 4,272 7.73%
Republican Thomas Lamb 2,996 5.42%
Total votes 55,293 100.00%

Democratic-Libertarian-Independence primary

Candidates from the Alaska Democratic Party, Alaska Libertarian Party and Alaskan Independence Party appear on the same ballot, with the highest-placed candidate from each party receiving that party's nomination.

Democratic candidates

Declared

Removed

Declined

Libertarian candidates

Declared

  • Cean Stevens, small business owner, nominee for the State House in 2014 and Republican nominee for the State House in 2012 [12] [36]

Results

Primary results [30]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ray Metcalfe 15,228 50.06%
Democratic Edgar Blatchford 10,090 33.17%
Libertarian Cean Stevens 5,102 16.77%
Total votes 30,420 100.00%

Subsequent events

Cean Stevens was originally the only Libertarian to file, and was the sole Libertarian in the primary. Stevens withdrew after winning the nomination, and the Alaska Libertarian Party nominated Joe Miller as her replacement. [3]

Third party and independent candidates

Declared

  • Breck Craig (Independent) [37]
  • Ted Gianoutsos (Independent), founder of the Veterans Party of Alaska and perennial candidate [37]
  • Margaret Stock (Independent), attorney and retired Army Lt. Colonel [38] [37]

Failed to qualify

  • Sid Hill (Independent) [37]
  • Bruce Walden ( Veterans Party), retired Army Sergeant and Republican candidate for the State House in 2006 [37] [39] [40] [29]
  • Jed Whittaker (Independent), commercial fisherman, Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in 1992 and Green Party nominee for the U.S. Senate in 1996 [37] [41]

Declined

General election

Debates

Fundraising

Candidate Raised Spent Cash on Hand
Lisa Murkowski (R) [44] $3,666,865 $2,848,780 $2,488,816
Ray Metcalfe (D) [45] $0 $0 $0
Margaret Stock (I) [46] $475,144 $364,619 $110,524
Joe Miller (L) [47] $122 $445 $99,402

Predictions

Source Ranking As of
The Cook Political Report [48] Likely R September 9, 2016
Sabato's Crystal Ball [49] Safe R September 19, 2016
Rothenberg Political Report [50] Safe R September 2, 2016
Daily Kos [51] Safe R September 16, 2016
Real Clear Politics [52] Safe R September 15, 2016

Polling

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Lisa
Murkowski (R)
Joe
Miller (L)
Ray
Metcalfe (D)
Margaret
Stock (I)
Other Undecided
Moore Information October 5–6, 2016 500 ± 4.0% 49% 16% 9% 8% 1% 15%
Alaska Survey Research September 28–October 2, 2016 660 ± 3.8% 50% 18% 12% 7% 2% 11%
Moore Information September 13–15, 2016 500 ±4.0% 48% 15% 15% 7% 1% 12%
Moore Information (R-Murkowski) August 27–29, 2016 500 ± 4.0% 56% 12% 5% 10% [53] 17%

Endorsements

Lisa Murkowski
Individuals
Labor unions
Organizations
Joe Miller
Individuals
  • Amy Demboski, Anchorage Assemblywoman and candidate for Mayor of Anchorage in 2015 [58]
  • Paul Kendall, Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2016 [59]
  • Tom Lamb, Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2016 [59]
  • Bob Lochner, Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2016 [59]
  • Mark Levin, host of The Mark Levin Show
Organizations
Margaret Stock
Individuals
Organizations
  • The Centrist Project [65]

Results

United States Senate election in Alaska, 2016 [66]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Lisa Murkowski (incumbent) 138,149 44.36% +8.87%
Libertarian Joe Miller 90,825 29.16% +28.59%
Independent Margaret Stock 41,194 13.23% N/A
Democratic Ray Metcalfe 36,200 11.62% -11.84%
Independent Breck A. Craig 2,609 0.84% N/A
Independent Ted Gianoutsos 1,758 0.56% N/A
n/a Write-ins 706 0.23% -39.70%
Total votes 311,441 100.00% N/A
Republican hold

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External links

Official campaign websites