JUNEAU, Alaska (Legal Newsline) – The former attorney general of Alaska secured the Republican U.S. Senate nomination Tuesday evening, earning the right to face the incumbent Democrat.

With 98 percent of precincts reporting, Dan Sullivan collected 40 percent of the vote. His Republican rivals, Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell and tea party favorite Joe Miller, had 32 percent and 25 percent, respectively.

Sullivan, who will go on to face Sen. Mark Begich in the general election, tweeted on Wednesday he was “proud to have the … nomination.”

“We’re going to build on our grassroots support to beat (Begich),” he said on Twitter.

The Alaska primary was one of the last chances for a tea party upset.

Sullivan held the financial edge over his fellow Republicans throughout the primary race.

Heading into the primary election, Sullivan raised more than $4 million and spent more than $3 million, according to opensecrets.org.

His competitors had raised a combined $1.5 million between them.

However, Begich maintains the financial lead, with more than $8.3 million raised, campaign finance reports show.

The bulk of Sullivan’s donations ($3.2 million) were supplied by large contributions, including $119,200 in donations from Elliott Management and $54,100 from RPM International.

Reach David Yates at elections@legalnewsline.com

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