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Sullivan beats tea party candidate in Alaska GOP Senate race

By The Associated Press
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Sullivan was out early Tuesday morning, greeting commuters on a busy street in Anchorage. (AP photo/Becky Bohrer)
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Former state Attorney General Dan Sullivan became the latest mainstream Republican to turn back a tea party challenger, winning the Alaska GOP primary to become his party's candidate to take on U.S. Sen. Mark Begich in the fall.

Republicans see the Alaska race as a key contest in their attempt to capture the Senate majority from Democrats.

Sullivan entered the primary the presumed front-runner, with the backing of national GOP powerbrokers and a huge cash advantage over his rivals.

He had the support of Karl Rove and groups like Club for Growth. Democrats clearly see him as a serious threat; roughly $4 million in attacks have been run against Sullivan by a pro-Begich super PAC.

Sullivan released a statement early Wednesday, looking forward to the general election battle with the first-term incumbent.

Link: Highlights from Tuesday's primary elections in Alaska and Wyoming
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