Begich, Millett, and Halcro Headline Midnight Sun Live Blog Coverage Of Alaska’s Primary Elections


Alaska will finally have a one-stop-shop for campaign insiders, media, and political junkies to follow election night, all in real time!

13989701_10157241337270032_618443021_nJoin us right here at to get up-to-the-minute information on election returns and campaigns, candidates, and political party activities, as well as in-depth analysis from the most experienced and connected panel in the state of Alaska. We’re calling it Election Live.

We’ll have an impressive lineup of contributors, all of whom have either run for office or worked at a strategic level on campaigns in Alaska, so we’ll be able to give you insights on the elections none of the mainstream media can match.

Election night contributors include:

U.S. Senator Mark Begich — Begich was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2008, making him the first Democrat to serve in Alaska’s congressional delegation since 1981. Prior to serving in the Senate, he was elected to two terms as the Mayor of Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, and served on the Anchorage Assembly for ten years.

Rep. Charisse Millett — Rep. Charisse Millett is the current Majority Leader in the Alaska State House. She is a lifelong Alaskan who was elected to the Alaska House of Representatives in November 2008. She is currently serving her third term representing Anchorage’s lower Hillside area.

Andrew Halcro — Halcro served two terms as a Republican State House member from 1998-2002. He ran unsuccessfully for Governor as an Independent in 2006 against former Governor Tony Knowles (D) and would be Governor Sarah Palin (R). Since then Halcro has been one of Alaska’s most prominent voices on state politics and policy.

Duane Bannock — Bannock is a (nearly) lifelong resident of the Kenai Peninsula and the host of The Tall, Dark and Handsome Show, talk radio program. He’s a former Kenai City Council member and a former state director of the Alaska DMV who still harbors intentions of running for the Alaska Legislature someday.

Michael Dukes — Dukes has spent the last 17 years commenting and pontificating on politics on the air as an Alaskan talk radio host, as well as serving 5 years on the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly. He hosts his show every weekday morning on AM700 KBYR.

Ivan Moore — Moore is the owner of Alaska Survey Research, Alaska’s highest profile and most cited public opinion research firm. While viewed as one of Alaska’s most well-known progressive voices, he has worked as a pollster and political consultant for dozens of candidates, both Republicans and Democrats.

Taylor Bickford — Bickford currently serves as a senior vice president and runs the Alaska practice for the national public affairs firm Strategies 360. He returned home to Alaska after serving as the Republican National Committee’s director of election day operations for the battleground state of Nevada during the 2008 presidential cycle. He has worked for state and national parties, managed ballot initiatives, congressional, gubernatorial, and local campaigns in Alaska and the Lower 48, and served as executive director of the Alaska Redistricting Board during the 2010 redistricting cycle.

Casey Reynolds — Reynolds served as communications director for the Alaska Republican Party from 2008-2011. He left the Party in 2011 to host his own popular morning radio political talk show on AM750 / FM103.7 KFQD. Reynolds now runs The Midnight Sun (, crowned by the Anchorage Press as “Alaska’s best political blog.”

You can check The Midnight Sun’s live blog throughout the day on primary election day, August 16th, for streaming coverage of how the election is unfolding.

Once polls close at 8 PM (AKST) our all-star panel of Alaska politicos will begin their work providing you insider coverage. We’ll tell you which precincts are reporting, what voter turnout looks like across the state, who the winners and losers are beyond the candidates themselves, and what the results mean for the Legislature, Governor, political parties, and special interests. Alaskan’s no longer have to wait around for days to get this kind of coverage, you can get it right here at The Midnight Sun.

So join us at on election night for coverage for political insiders, by policial insiders.

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