Sen. Stevens Gaining Ground Since Palin Pick

Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) is gaining ground on his Democratic opponent, according to polls taken after Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) was named as John McCain's running mate.

Stevens has rebounded from a 13-percentage-point July deficit to trail Anchorage Mayor Mark BegichMark BegichRyan's victory trumps justice reform opponents There is great responsibility being in the minority Senate GOP deeply concerned over Trump effect MORE (D) by two and three points in polls conducted this month.

Rasmussen reported Stevens trailing by two percentage points yesterday; a poll conducted by two Alaska newspapers, a TV station, and a radio station reported Stevens trailing by three percentage points Sept. 3. McCain announced Palin as his running mate Aug. 29.

Begich mounted a 13-point lead over Stevens after the veteran senator was indicted on corruption charges July 29, according to a Rasmussen survey conducted the day after the indictment. Begich had maintained a seven-point lead in mid-August, according to the same collection of Alaska media outlets that reported him down by three points last week.

Begich had built a consistent single-digit lead of two to eight points this summer before Stevens's indictment swayed things further in his favor.