Alaska’s governor dropped his reelection bid and endorsed a Democrat against his GOP challenger who is leading in the polls

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  • Alaska Governor Bill Walker, a political independent, halted his re-election campaign and endorsed his Democratic challenger, former Sen. Mark Begich.
  • Neither had appeared capable of defeating the Republican front-runner, former state Senator Mike Dunleavy.
  • Walker said his decision to bow out was based entirely on what he felt was “best for Alaska.”
  • Public opinion surveys were already showing Dunleavy running well ahead of the two other men and indicated Begich had greater support than the incumbent governor.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – Alaska Governor Bill Walker, a political independent, halted his re-election campaign on Friday and endorsed his Democratic challenger, ending a three-way contest in which neither had appeared capable of defeating the Republican front-runner.

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