ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Former state Attorney General Dan Sullivan held a lead in early primary returns in the fight to be the Republican candidate to take on U.S. Sen. Mark Begich in the fall.
Sullivan held an edge Tuesday night over tea party favorite Joe Miller, who made a late push reminiscent to his 2010 primary upset of U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski. Murkowski ultimately won the general election with a write-in campaign.
Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell was in third.
Sullivan entered the primary the presumed front-runner, with the backing of national GOP powerbrokers and a huge cash advantage over his rivals.
The Republicans are vying to face Begich, who easily won his primary. Begich faced no real opposition from other Democrats.