Incumbent: Republican Gov. Sean Parnell
Democrat: Former state Rep. Ethan Berkowitz
2008 Presidential Result: Obama 38%; McCain 60%
55+ Population (2009 estimate): 11.9%
Overview: Sean Parnell was elected lieutenant governor in 2006 and replaced Sarah Palin when she resigned suddenly in mid-2009. He isbeing challenged by former state Rep. and frequent Democratic political candidate Ethan Berkowitz.
50+ Facts: Check the latest economic statistics and details on the state budget deficit.
Fun Fact: Parnell is the state's 10th governor.
'Wild card' Issue: Parnell and his father both tried unsuccessfully to unseat Rep. Don Young, R, Alaska's lone congressman with a long tradition of directing pork barrel benefits to his state.
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