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Alaska In The 2008 Presidential Election—Views, Facts & History

Alaska, though in many ways a creature of the federal government, is a strong Republican state in Presidential elections.

Alaska is very likely to vote Republican again in 2008.

( Above is a section of the Alaska Pipeline. Click here to learn about the Alaska Pipeline.) 

The roads and railroads of Alaska come from the federal government. There is a significant military presence in Alaska and that is the federal government as well.

But Alaskans resent federal restrictions on land use in Alaska and limits on oil drilling in Alaska.

The premise seems to be that 670,000 people occupying 16% of the nation’s land should have full control over the national resources that exist in Alaska. 

Another significant factor in the Republican leanings of Alaska is the libertarian bent of many Alaskans. 

In 1980, Libertarian nominee Ed Clark won 11.7% is Alaska. This is the best statewide showing ever by a Libertarian.


It’s not hard to figure that anybody willing to live in a distant place like Alaska is somebody who wants to live as they see fit.


But do these folks refuse the money coming from Washington?

Nope–They want the money

(Wouldn’t it be great to get a few hundred thousand of your most screwball friends together and be allowed to select two United States Senators and get billions of dollars of federal money?)   

With only three electoral votes, far away from much else, and almost certain to go Republican, Alaska may not be heard from much in the 2008 Presidential election. 

About Alaska—

2006 Population—671,000, 48th of the 50 states, 68% white, 15% Native, 4% Asian, 4% Hispanic, 3% black. 

Here is basic information and history for Alaska.

Recent Winners—2004 G.W Bush–61%, 2000–G.W Bush 59%, 1996–Dole 51%, 1992–G.H. W. Bush 40%, 1988–G.H.W Bush 60% 

( The first Bush won with only 40% in 1992 because Ross Perot won 28%. Alaska was Mr. Perot’s best state in 1992. It was also Ralph Nader’s best state in 2000. Mr Nader won 10% of the vote.)

Last (And Only) Democrat To Carry Alaska—Lyndon Johnson, 1964. ( 1960 was the first time Alaska voted in a federal election.) 

Presidents From Alaska—None  

Vice Presidents From Alaska—None

Significant Presidential General Election Candidates From Alaska—None

The Alaska Report has a lot of news and perspective on Alaska

Barrow ( Photo below.) is the northernmost town in America. 4,500 people live in Barrow. Click here to learn about this town.

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  1. The people in Alaska strike me as cafeteria libertarians: they like all the stuff they get from the federal government, but they don’t believe there should be any obligations in return. Actually, it might be more accurate to call them freeloaders, but whichever you prefer.

    But I wouldn’t be so quick to write Alaska off for this election cycle. The polls, at this point anyway, suggest that Obama is within striking distance of McCain and has at least a decent chance of winning the state:


    Comment by Big Tex | May 21, 2008

  2. Well—It’s good to be hopeful. But you get all sorts of odd state polls at this point in a campaign. We’ll keep watching.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | May 21, 2008

  3. True, that. It’s a long time between now and November.

    Comment by Big Tex | May 21, 2008

  4. Dude I live up here. We’re not all igloo dwelling bearded liberatarians. Granted folks who live in Fairbanks are a little loony, but half the state lives in Anchorage which is as cosmopolitan as any city of it’s size anywhere in the country. The Anchorage School District has something like 90 languages spoken in it. We all laugh at the media portrayal of us. “Tougher in Alaska”? Yea I don’t know how I’m able to survive nibbling microwave popcorn in front of my flat screen TV blogsurfing with my laptop. A Kaladis is an entire block away. Only truly rugged individuals like me could survive. I digress. Our govenor is as red as blood but Anchorage is moderately blue. Obama recieved 77% of the state caucus vote, which in anchorage was so huge it shut down traffic and people were running across 4 lanes to get in. This is at night in febuary in AK. Think below zero. So there’s no lack of enthusism(spelin?) on the dem side. McCain however came in dead last in the republican primary. Election time is a long time from now, but (literally) half the republican party up here is under investigation for corruption including our national delegation. A few are already in jail. The popular mayor of Anchorage Mark Begich is running against ancient Ted Stevens and is ahead in the polls right now. Don Young has some serious problems himself including a couple hudred thousand dollars worth of legal fees he refuses to explain. His most likely opposition Diane Benson received 40% of the vote against him in 2006 with no nationl support or political experience. He’s so out of touch that he’s bitching at Palin for not spending more money because it’s hurt his ability to get pork. Earth to Don: Palin is the most popular politician (of any party) in the NATION. Don’t cross her. All this taken together makes it the best chance in years for AK to get Stevens and Young out of there. Have faith in us. Just pray Palin doesn’t get tapped for VP. Well I ran on way longer than I meant to but that’s the low down on AK politics

    Comment by ryan | May 30, 2008

  5. Great comment. The problems for Republicans in Alaska have been very good to read about in recent months.

    It’s so damned cold and dark up there. I’m glad you have popcorn and all that, but how do you take all that cold and dark?

    Comment by Neil Aquino | May 30, 2008

  6. “The premise seems to be that 670,000 people occupying 16% of the nation’s land should have full control over the national resources that exist in Alaska.”

    Read Article VIII of the Alaska Constitution before you call them national resources.

    Comment by John | August 14, 2008

  7. I’m not sure what pull that document has in the other 49 states.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | August 15, 2008

  8. What do you all think of the upcomong battle royal between Murkowski and and the other guy? I think Murkowski is blackmailing the Republican party…to reign in palin and the other teabaggers, and give her an important chairmanship in the RNC, or she will put up a fight that will split the ticket and aloow the Democrat to win. How many registered Democrats are up there in Alaska?

    Comment by Damajah | September 20, 2010

  9. Murkowski seems to have an uphill fight. But at least it serves as a distraction to Republicans in what they thought was a safe seat. Democrats are a minority in Alaska. Though the other Senator from Alaska is a Democrat who won in part of the problems ted Stevens was having at the time. Thanks for the comment.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | September 23, 2010

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