Alaska held its 2014 primary yesterday. Alas, alackaday, Joe Miller did not get the chance to blow another Senate general election candidacy. But he did significantly outperform expectations, winning 32% of the vote to winner Dan Sullivan’s 40% (with Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell trailing the pack), which is impressive particularly if you consider Miller was outspent at least 10 to 1, and his opponents were in league with a global conspiracy to snuff out freedom as we know it (just kidding about that last part, but Joe is a bit paranoid).

Sullivan was heavily backed by both the usual Republican Establishment groups and by the Club for Growth. As noted yesterday, Sen. Mark Begich and his supportive independent groups have spent some time and money softening Sullivan up. It should be a very close general election.

The other news from Alaska last night was the apparent narrow defeat of a ballot measure to roll back a recent tax cut for oil companies, As you can imagine, the “no” campaign held about a 20-1 financial advantage, buttressed by oil company threats to cut production in the state. Ironically, the tax rates the initiative would have reimposed were those put in place by Sarah Palin.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.