Gov. Sean Parnell holds a huge lead over his nearest challengers in the race to be the Republican nominee for governor, while Democrat Ethan Berkowitz holds a smaller but still substantial lead in his race.
The hot race in the August Alaska primary, however, may be among Republicans running for lieutenant governor. There, candidates Jay Ramras, Eddie Burke and Mead Treadwell are all tightly bunched, with a huge number of undecided voters.
The new polling numbers are from the political consulting firm Strategies 360 and its DRM Market Research polling arm. The poll was not paid for by any candidate, said David Shurtleff of Strategies 360.
The poll was conducted May 13-17 of 375 likely primary voters and has a margin of error of +/- 5 percent.
"Parnell and Berkowitz appear to be runaway front-runners, and with the relatively low levels of undecideds in those races, they are the overwhelming favorites to face each other in the governor's contest this Fall," said Don McDonough, lead analyst with DMA Market Research.
The Democratic Party races were less competitive, with Sen. Hollis French of Anchorage trailing former House Minority Leader Ethan Berkowitz by a substantial margin, but still well ahead of businessman Bob Poe.
In the Democratic lieutenant governor race, Diane Benson had an even bigger lead over new candidate Denise Michels. Benson has run two state-wide races in recent years and holds a substantial advantage in name recognition over competitor Michels, the mayor of Nome.