ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Pat Robertson won a one-sided preference poll victory in Alaska's Republican caucuses, nearly doubling the support given Vice President George Bush, party officials said today.
Robertson, the former television evangelist, claimed 47% of the votes compared with Bush's 24% in a poll of 2,020 precinct delegates. Sen. Bob Dole took third with 20%.
The preference poll was not binding, though it gave an indication of the feelings of the delegates who will attend 27 GOP district conventions March 18-26. At those meetings, 400 delegates will be chosen to attend the state convention in late April, when the state's 19 GOP delegates will be named to attend the national convention.
The caucuses were open to any registered Republican.