The 2004 United States Senate election in Alaska took place on November 2, 2004, alongside other elections to the United States Senate in other states as well as elections to the United States House of Representatives, various state and local elections, and the presidential election of that year. Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski of Anchorage, sought election to her first full term after being appointed to serve out the rest of her father's unexpired term when he resigned in December 2002 to become Governor of Alaska. Her main challenger was Democratic former governor Tony Knowles, her father's predecessor as governor. Murkowski won by a slight margin.
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Although Alaska is heavily Republican, popular opinion had swung against the Murkowski family because of a tax increase passed by Governor Frank Murkowski, Lisa Murkowski's father. In addition, many voters disapproved of apparent nepotism in the appointment of Lisa Murkowski to the Senate. Knowles, who as mentioned above preceded Frank Murkowski as governor, had enlisted extensive out-of-state support for his bid to take over Lisa Murkowski's Senate seat. However, veteran Republican Senator Ted Stevens taped advertisements warning Alaskans that electing a Democrat could result in fewer federal dollars for Alaska.
- Tony Knowles, businessman, former governor and former mayor of Anchorage
- Theresa Obermeyer, former Anchorage school board member
- Don Wright, former president of the Alaska Federation of Natives and perennial candidate
- Jim Dore, aviation mechanic
- Mike W. Miller, businessman, former state senator, former state representative, nominee for lieutenant governor in 1994 and younger brother of Terry Miller
- Lisa Murkowski, incumbent U.S. Senator since 2002, formerly an Anchorage lawyer and member of the Alaska House
- Wev Shea, former U.S. Attorney for Alaska
|Republican||Lisa Murkowski (Incumbent)||45,710||58.1%|
- Ted Gianoutsos (I), lobbyist and activist on ANWR and veterans issues
- Scott Kohlhaas (L), party activist and perennial candidate
- Marc Millican (I), aviator, U.S. Air Force veteran
- Jerry Sanders (AI), businessman, former state representative
- Jim Sykes (G), party activist and perennial candidate
Lisa Murkowski had very low approval ratings as senator due to her father, Frank Murkowski, who at the time was the governor of Alaska with extremely low approval ratings himself. Former governor Tony Knowles ran against Murkowski. He ran as a Democrat who supported drilling in ANWR, in contrast to most Democrats. Ted Stevens tried to "rescue" her campaign and help her maintain her seat.
- Complete video of debate, October 26, 2004
|Poll Source||Dates Administered||Murkowski (R)||Knowles (D)|
|KTUU||October 4, 2004||45%||48%|
|KTUU||October 18, 2004||45%||47%|
|McLaughlin||October 28, 2004||48%||43%|
|Republican||Lisa Murkowski (Incumbent)||149,773||48.58%||-25.91%|
|Independent||Marc J. Millican||8,885||2.88%|
|Alaskan Independence||Jerry Sanders||3,785||1.23%|
|Libertarian||Scott A. Kohlhaas||1,240||0.40%||-1.87%|
-  Archived May 20, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
- Hulse, Carl (October 31, 2004). "THE 2004 CAMPAIGN: CONTROL OF CONGRESS; Races for House and Senate Have Been Nasty, Expensive and Focused on Local Issues". New York Times. Retrieved June 20, 2010.
- "Polls". RealClear Politics. Retrieved June 20, 2010.