Presidential Politics And Election Returns
Last Updated July 8, 2003
In presidential elections, Alaska votes Alaska issues, but this was not always so: In 1960 and 1968, its votes came eerily close to the national average. Since then it has voted against the national Democrats: In the year of the Alaska Lands Act, it gave only 26% of its votes to Jimmy Carter, who in some places ran behind Libertarian Ed Clark. In 1992, Ross Perot won 28% here, his second-best showing in the country. In 2000, George W. Bush won 59%-28%, but Ralph Nader got 10% of the vote--his best showing in the country. There was a big gender gap: men voted 65%-24% for Bush, which recalls the plaint of Alaskan women who are outnumbered by men: "The odds are good but the goods are odd."
Alaska has no presidential primary. Party true believers tend to dominate the caucuses. In the January 1996 straw poll or "beauty contest," Alaska Republicans voted 33% for Pat Buchanan, 31% for Steve Forbes, and 17% for Bob Dole. This gave Buchanan the confidence and verve he showed weeks later in Louisiana, where he beat Phil Gramm, and in other early contests climaxed by his win in New Hampshire on February 20. But Buchanan got only 2% here in November 2000. In November 1999, the Republican Party committee voted 39-36 to hold precinct caucuses and a straw poll on January 24, 2000. About 4,000 Alaskans voted, and George W. Bush led Forbes by 5 votes. Alaska, unlike Florida, didn't have a recount.
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For 1992 and 1996 presidential results in Alaska, please see the Almanac 2000 online.
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