Two Independent Polls Show that Alyse Galvin for Congress Has Made Alaska a Single Digit Race

October 12, 2018

(FAIRBANKS, AK) -- A poll of likely voters conducted by Public Policy Polling finds independent Alyse Galvin for Congress within the margin of error with Rep. Don Young, 43 percent to 46 percent, with 10 percent of respondents still undecided. The PPP poll came after an earlier independent poll released on October 9 from Ivan Moore at Alaska Survey Research, which found that Alyse Galvin was only 3.7 points behind Rep. Young.

"It’s historic that Alyse Galvin has made this race a single-digit contest as a first time candidate running for statewide office,” said Jim Williams, a PPP polling analyst. “And Rep. Young should be very concerned that — in such a politically elastic state as Alaska — voters are so ready for a change that they’ll elect a candidate with little name recognition.”

“Voters are excited for an independent candidate who is going to drop partisan battles and get to solutions for Alaskans,” said Alyse Galvin. “Alaskans are looking for someone who will work for the people — not corporate PACs and special interests. I am that leader, and I can’t wait to serve all Alaskans in Congress.”

A leader of the grassroots organization Great Alaska Schools, Galvin is mounting a serious challenge to the incumbent. She has an energized volunteer base of more than 800 Alaskans. Galvin won the Alaska Democratic Primary with 54% of the vote against three other candidates, and has raised over a million dollars without a single cent from corporate PACs. Her campaign has hosted town hall style meet-and-greets all across Alaska, from Kotzebue to Kodiak, Fairbanks to Nome. Her message is clear: I’m listening, I’m present, and can’t wait to serve all Alaskans. Don Young, unfortunately, isn’t anymore.

Public Policy Polling surveyed 645 voters in Alaska’s At-Large District from October 11th to 12th, 2018. The respondents were selected at random from registered voter lists. The sample was weighted to reflect expected 2018 voter turnout.  The margin of error for this poll is +/- 4 percent.

Alyse Galvin is a mom, a third-generation Alaskan, a community leader, and a former small business owner. A tireless advocate for education, she spent the last five years as a leader of Great Alaska Schools organizing parents, students, educators, and community members to protect public schools from massive budget cuts. In 2017, she led statewide opposition to the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as U.S. Secretary of Education.

Alyse Galvin is an Independent and the Alaska Democratic Party’s nominee for U.S. Congress. Galvin will face Rep. Don Young in the general election on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

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