WASHINGTON – Democrat Alyse Galvin has a razor-thin lead over 23-term GOP incumbent Don Young in the contest for Alaska’s at-large congressional district, according to a poll released Friday.
The Alaska Survey Research poll found that 49 percent of the respondents said they support Galvin, compared with 48 percent who said they support Young. Meanwhile, 3 percent said they are not sure which candidate they support.
The sampling included 500 likely voters and was carried out Oct. 26-29. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.
Galvin, 53, is a public education advocate. She has never held public office.
Young, 85, has served in Congress since 1973. He was elected Dean of the House of Representatives last year. The largely ceremonial position is awarded to the longest continuously serving member of the House.
Young is a moderate-conservative who is known for making colorful and often controversial remarks.
Alaska is one of the most reliably Republican states in the nation.
Both of Alaska’s U.S. senators are Republican.
Lyndon B. Johnson was the last Democrat to carry the state in a presidential election.
Alaska’s at-large congressional district has not been represented by a Democrat since 1973.
Polls say Democrats are likely to retake the House and Republicans are likely to maintain control of the Senate.