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United States Senate election in Alaska, 2002
November 5, 2002
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Nominee Ted Stevens Frank Vondersaar Jim Sykes
Party Republican Democratic Green
Popular vote 179,438 24,133 16,608
Percentage 78.17% 10.51% 7.24%

Incumbent Senator
Ted Stevens

Ted Stevens

The Alaska Senate Election saw the incumbent senator, Ted Stevens handily win another six year term as Senator. Stevens' margin of victory was well over 67 percent, with his nearest opponent, Democratic candidate Frank Vondersaar earning just over ten percent of the vote. In fact, all of Ted Stevens' opponents held just under a 22 percent share of the vote combined.

This election was a record setter in many ways for Ted Stevens: He earned the highest margin of victory in his career in the Senate, the largest percentage total of his career (besting his 1972 total of 77.3 percent of the vote), and the largest margin of victory for any contested Senate election in the State of Alaska.


Candidates for Election


Republican Party

Ted Stevens, Incumbent, first appointed to the position in 1968 and elected in 1970.

Democratic Party

Frank Vondersaar, would run in the 2008 Democratic Primary for Stevens' seat, but lost to Mark Begich

Green Party

Jim Sykes

Alaskan Independence Party

Jim Dore

Libertarian Party

Leonard Karpinski

Election Results

2002 United States Senate election, Alaska
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Ted Stevens (incumbent) 179,438 78.17 +1.46
Democratic Frank Vondersaar 24,133 10.51 +0.17
Green Jim Sykes 16,608 7.24 -5.28
Alaskan Independence Jim Dore 6,724 2.93 +2.93
Libertarian Leonard Karpinski 2,354 1.03 +1.03
No party Write-In Votes 291 0.13 -0.31
Majority 155,305 67.66
Turnout 229,548
Republican hold Swing

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