Tea Party Fight Brewing in Alaska Senate Race

"Lt. Gov. Treadwell is a strong candidate who has already won statewide, is very well respected and liked in Alaska," Brad Dayspring, communications director for the NRSC said in a statement. "It's early in the cycle, but no matter the candidate, the path to the majority runs through Alaska and we are going to win there."

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee also weighed in, saying in a statement, "It's not even 2014 and Washington Republicans have already made a complete mess out of the Alaska Senate race."

"First the establishment tried and failed to push Tea Party hero Joe Miller out of the race," deputy executive director Matt Canter said in a statement. "Then they encouraged Mead Treadwell to run, not knowing that Alaska Republicans have always said Treadwell is lackluster and underwhelming. Now they're courting Dan Sullivan, a Washington, D.C., Republican with limited ties to Alaska. It looks like Washington Republicans have bought themselves a primary with two D.C.-friendly candidates running against Tea Party hero Joe Miller. What a mess."

The NRSC strongly disagrees with the DSCC saying they did not move to push Miller out of the race nor are they courting Sullivan and these allegations are false.

Treadwell, Miller, and possibly Sullivan will face off in August,2014 and whoever wins the primary will be up against Begich in November.

This story has been updated since it was posted to reflect the NRSC's opposition to the DSCC's claims.

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