In Alaska, a distinct feel to getting out the vote

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Associated Press

Posted on August 18, 2014 at 2:03 AM

Updated Monday, Aug 18 at 8:01 AM

EAGLE RIVER, Alaska (AP) — The underdogs in Alaska's GOP Senate primary Tuesday are hoping personal connections make the difference against a well-financed front-runner.

Neither Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell nor tea party favorite Joe Miller has raised the money that former state Attorney General Dan Sullivan has. They can't match the size of Sullivan's campaign staff.

Also, Sullivan has been running ads for months and has his own network of local volunteers.

Treadwell is counting on his decades-long ties to the state and promises of support to prevail.

Miller, who fell short in a 2010 Senate race, has retained a loyal following of backers. They're a constant presence on streets corners and wave signs.

The primary winner is expected to face the incumbent, Democratic Sen. Mark Begich.

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