|By Nathaniel Herz, Anchorage Daily News|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
But over the next few months, as the contest heats up for the
Earlier this month, Halcro said, he asked a tracker to leave a
"I went up to him and I just said, 'Excuse me, could you put that away?'" Halcro said. "I want the candidates to come and be able to express themselves and not be worried about someone in the audience with a camera who's going to throw it up in an attack ad two weeks later."
When Begich travels to events around the state, he's often followed by
Begich says he doesn't mind the attention. But his campaign is not the only one under the microscope.
There are at least two other trackers working on this year's
The trackers have followed the candidates to appearances in
The trackers' presence in
"The trackers are our first line, our eyes and ears out there in the field," said
Miller wouldn't authorize an interview with Slater, though he said
But interviews with people involved in the trackers' work shed light on their presence in