Republicans tussle in Alaska primary for U.S. Senate bid

McCain and Begich depart together after the Senate passed a spending bill to avoid a government shutdown, sending the issue back to the House of Representatives, at the U.S. Capitol in WashingtonBy Steve Quinn JUNEAU Alaska (Reuters) – Voting ended on Tuesday in a primary election in Alaska that has three Republicans, including a Tea Party candidate, vying for the chance to face a Democratic incumbent in a race seen as critical to their party’s bid to regain control of the U.S. The primary contest pits two former colleagues from Alaska’s executive branch, Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell and ex-Natural Resources Commissioner Dan Sullivan, and the Tea Party’s Joe Miller, against one another to decide who challenges Senator Mark Begich in November’s general election.

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