In the November 2014 elections, Alaska's incumbent Democratic senator Mark Begich lost his bid for re-election to the U.S. Senate to Republican Dan Sullivan, former Commissioner of Natural Resources in Alaska. Sullivan received 135,445 votes, representing 48 percent of all votes cast, while Begich received 129,431 votes, or 45.8 percent.
In addition to Begich and Sullivan, Libertarian Party candidate Mark Fish and Independent Ted Gianoutsos competed in the election. Fish received nearly 4 percent of the vote while Gianoutsos received 2 percent.
Prior to the election, many political publications described the race as one of the most competitive in the nation. The Cook Political Report called the race a "toss up," while The Fiscal Times described Begich's seat as one of the seven most vulnerable in the entire country.