Frank Murkowski gave up a safe seat in the United States Senate in 2002 to go back to Alaska to run for Governor. Four years later, independent polls have him running third in the Republican primary as he seeks re-election to a second term. Exceeding popular during his 22 years as a U.S. Senator (he won re-election in 1998 with 75% of the vote), Murkowski has found that the same voters who loved him as their Senator don’t seem to like him as their Governor. A recent SurveyUSA poll has Murkowski with an upside-down 20%-78% approval rating. The winner of the GOP primary will face Democrat Tony Knowles, a former two-term Governor who nearly won a U.S. Senate seat in 2004 against Lisa Murkowski, who had been appointed by her father to fill his vacant seat. Jon Corzine, who gave up his U.S. Senate to run for Governor of New Jersey in 2005, had a 59%-26% approval rating as a Senator in January 2005, and a 44%-43% approval rating in July 2006, according to Quinnipiac University polls.