Stevens, Palin stump for Murkowski

Posted: Sunday, October 20, 2002

JUNEAU (AP) -- Republican Sen. Ted Stevens and former Wasilla mayor Sarah Palin are making appearances to promote Frank Murkowski's bid for governor, the candidate said.

Stevens planned to join Palin in Sitka for the Alaska Day Parade on Friday and they are scheduled to make appearances next week in Anchorage, Fairbanks and the state's Railbelt.

Stevens is widely expected to win re-election against a field of challengers. He faces Democrat Frank Vondersaar, Alaskan Independence Party candidate Jim Dore, Green candidate Jim Sykes and Libertarian Len Karpinski on Nov. 5.

Palin lost her bid for Republican lieutenant governor to Loren Leman in the Aug. 27 GOP primary.

The appearances are planned as Murkowski campaigns vigorously around the state after recent polls show Democrat Fran Ulmer is gaining ground in the polls.

A poll commissioned for KTUU-TV Anchorage showed this week that Ulmer and Murkowski were statistically even. The Murkowski campaign disputes the findings of the poll.

Stevens and Palin plan to attend a rally in Juneau on Saturday and attend the Anchorage City of Lights ceremony on Monday. They also plan appearances in Palmer, Girdwood, Cordova, Homer, Valdez and Kodiak.

''Clearly we have a great message that resonates with the voters, and it is energizing to have my two friends out there articulating it for me,'' Murkowski said in a statement.

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