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Former Alaska attorney general wins GOP Senate primary

FAIRBANKS, Alaska — A Republican former state attorney general, Dan Sullivan, defeated two challengers in Tuesday's primary election here, including a candidate supported by the tea party, and will face Sen. Mark Begich, a Democrat, in November in a closely watched race that could determine which party controls the Senate.

Sullivan, 49, was backed by national political groups that ran ads attacking Begich and mostly ignoring the other contenders in the primary race: Joe Miller, a tea party favorite who came in second, and the state's lieutenant governor, Mead Treadwell, who came in a distant third.

Begich's outside backers in turn mostly went after Sullivan, with a combined exchange of salvos that set the template, in arguments and dollars, for the battle now heading toward the general election in November.

With most votes counted, Sullivan had about 40 percent of the ballots cast, to 32 percent for Miller and 25 percent for Treadwell.

Former Alaska attorney general wins GOP Senate primary 08/21/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 11:08pm]

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