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Campaigning in Alaska has a distinct feel

FILE- In this June 21, 2014, file photo, Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Mead Treadwell speaks at Gold Rush Days in Douglas, Alaska. The underdog candidates in Alaska’s GOP primary for U.S. Senate are hoping personal connections make the difference in the race against well-financed front-runner Dan Sullivan. Neither Treadwell nor Joe Miller has raised the cash that Sullivan has or can match the size of his campaign staff. Sullivan has been running ads for months and has his own network of local volunteers. Treadwell, Alaska’s lieutenant governor, is counting on his decades-long ties to the state and promises of support to carry the day. Miller, a tea party favorite who made an unsuccessful bid for Senate in 2010, has retained a loyal following of supporters, who are a consistent presence on streets corners, waving signs. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer, File)EAGLE RIVER, Alaska (AP) — Wearing a fleece vest with his name and the logo of the northwestern city of Nome, Lt. Gov Mead Treadwell walked through this Anchorage suburb on a recent night, demonstrating how Alaska’s unique political culture makes the outcome of Tuesday’s GOP Senate primary anybody’s guess.

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