No matter how much you may hope for it, it seems unlikely that you'll be using the phrase "Senator Sarah Palin" with any great regularity in 2015. A new poll indicates that the former Alaska governor is about as popular in the state as Barack Obama — which is to say, not very popular at all. But even more surprising, while the former vice presidential candidate has made Alaska a central part of her public image, the state's residents split on the question of whether Palin is all that Alaskan.
Conducted by Public Policy Polling, the survey is the first to evaluate Palin's chances in challenging the sitting Democrat, Sen. Mark Begich. Palin obliquely referred to a run earlier this month, immediately energizing her base / pundits. (The pundits then moved on to Anthony Weiner.)
Here's how it looks: Begich, who narrowly defeated longtime incumbent Ted Stevens in 2008, is up for reelection for the first time. Several Republicans have announced their intention to run in the primary. Among those candidates, Palin comes in first.
Which is where the good news ends. In a head-to-head match-up with Begich, Palin — despite having much wider name recognition — trails by twelve points. Begich wins moderates by a three-to-one margin.