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 Peter BegichAlaska political mess has legislators divided over meeting place Former GOP chairman Royce joins lobbying shop Lobbying world 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.