From the days of Russian control to Lisa Murkowski's 2010 primary, it's never been easy to defend Alaska.
Nearly a century and a half later, the acquisition once-known as "Seward's Folly" has proven to be a wise investment. The $7 million purchase (which equals two pennies an acre) seems like nothing when you consider that the Alaska Permanent Fund alone is worth $33.3 billion.
Alaska is definitely its own unique place with its own quirky characters, but even there we've seen some familiar rifts in the electoral map. A week ago I highlighted the O'Donnell-Castle divide. It turns out Alaska had a similar dynamic in the Republican Senate primary.