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SARAH PALIN (R)

Palin, a former mayor of Wasilla, defeated incumbent Frank Murkowski and was nominated with 51 percent in a three-way primary.

  • Born: Feb. 11, 1964; Sandpoint, Idaho.
  • Family: Married (Todd); four children.
  • Education: University of Idaho, B.S., 1987.
  • Professional career: Chairwoman, Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.
  • Military career: None.
  • Previous elective office: Wasilla mayor, 1996-2002; Wasilla City Council, 1992-96.

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TONY KNOWLES (D)

Knowles, a former two-term governor, was nominated with 69 percent in a two-way primary.

  • Born: Jan. 1, 1943; Tulsa, Okla.
  • Family: Married (Susan); three children.
  • Education: Yale University, A.B., 1968.
  • Professional career: Restaurant owner.
  • Military career: Army, 1962-65 (Vietnam).
  • Previous elective office: Governor, 1994-2002; Anchorage mayor, 1982-87; Anchorage Assembly, 1975-79.

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