Draft Palin group releases poll showing her ahead in Alaska Senate primary

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) would start off with a slight edge over the GOP field if she decides to run for the Senate in Alaska, according to a new poll conducted for a group that's trying to draft her for the 2014 race.

Palin pulled 32 percent of support in the survey, while Alaska Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell (R) would start off with 30 percent, and 2010 Senate nominee Joe Miller (R) would start off with 14 percent support.

The poll was conducted by the Republican firm Harper Polling for the Tea Party Leadership Fund, which has been pushing Palin to run for the seat.

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The former governor and vice presidential nominee has given no indications she'll run, though she hasn't ruled it out. Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) currently holds the seat, and will likely face a tough race in the heavily Republican state.

The Tea Party Leadership Fund has been calling for Palin to mount a bid, though a number of establishment Republicans have grumbled about the group's past tactics and said the group spent little of what they raised last election cycle on campaign activities.

If Palin opted not to run, Treadwell would lead Miller 45-26 in a primary match-up. Both have formed exploratory committees for possible Senate runs.

The automated poll of 379 likely primary voters was conducted May 6-7 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 5.03 percent.