I got an interesting e-mail from the Republican Governor’s Association this morning. They say that, according to a poll they have done, Parnell wins by 14% whether Walker runs or doesn’t run as a third-party candidate. Here are the numbers:
— IF THE ELECTION FOR GOVERNOR WAS HELD TODAY, AND THE CANDIDATES WERE SEAN PARNELL, THE REPUBLICAN, AND ETHAN BERKOWITZ, THE DEMOCRAT, FOR WHOM WOULD YOU VOTE?
54.3 % PARNELL
39.8 % BERKOWITZ
6.0 % UNDECIDED
— IF THE ELECTION FOR GOVERNOR WAS HELD TODAY, AND THE CANDIDATES WERE SEAN PARNELL, THE REPUBLICAN, ETHAN BERKOWITZ, THE DEMOCRAT, AND BILL WALKER, THE LIBERTARIAN PARTY CANDIDATE, FOR WHOM WOULD YOU VOTE?
45.8 % PARNELL
32.3 % BERKOWITZ
14.3 % WALKER
7.8 % UNDECIDED
They didn’t consider the “endorsement” option, but it seems that such a step would combine a good number of voters from Berkowitz and Walker. If that All-Alaska issue were the only deciding factor, a poll would more likely show Berkowitz at 46.6% and Parnell at 45.8% of the response.
I presume this is part of Walker’s consideration of his options.