With a week left until election day, there are signs national democrats are gaining confidence that Steve Lindbeck is within striking distance of beating long-time Alaska Rep. Don Young (R).
According to DailyKOS.com the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is putting resources into Alaska in the final week:
“AK-AL: The DCCC made an investment in Democrat Steve Lindbeck for the first time, but it’s just for a very small $22,000 joint buy.”
According to current documentation, that ad buy has now expanded to $28,000. That may not sound like a lot, but it is more interest than an Alaska Democrat has generated from their D.C. friends in several cycles. Democrat sources are telling The Midnight Sun, that may just be the start of the DCCC’s commitment which may reach six figures.
Further, Bloomberg political reporter Greg Giroux tweeted this out this afternoon:
“R-to-B” stands for “Red to Blue Candidate“. According to the DCCC website, this designation means Democrats in Washington DC now see the race as winnable and are willing to commit resources to the candidate:
“The DCCC’s Red to Blue program highlights top Democratic campaigns across the country, and offers them financial, communications, grassroots, and strategic support. The program will introduce Democratic supporters to new, competitive candidates in order to help expand the fundraising base for these campaigns.”
There haven’t been many polls publicly released in Alaska’s congressional race. The most recent, published by Alaska Dispatch News and conducted by Ivan Moore of Alaska Survey Research at the beginning of October, showed Young with a 14 point lead:
Several recent polls have shown Democrat Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton tied or ahead of Republican Donald Trump in Alaska. Democrats may be thinking that a strong close by Lindbeck coupled with a strong showing by Clinton may be enough to carry Lindbeck to victory on November 8.