Alaska Gov. Walker drops re-election bid

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker suspended his re-election campaign Friday, three
weeks before Election Day, saying he didn't believe he could win a
three-way race.

Walker faced fellow Democrat Mark Begich and Republican Mike Dunleavy before dropping his bid ahead of the Nov. 6 election.

"With more time, I am confident that [Lt. Gov. Valerie Davidson] and I
could deliver a message and a campaign that could earn a victory in this
election. But there are only 18 days remaining before election day," he
said in an Instagram post announcing the decision.

"In the time remaining, I believe we cannot win a three-way race. This
week I have talked to many Alaskans to determine whether I or Mark
Begich had a better chance of running a competitive race against Mike
Dunleavy. The determination was made that, at this point, Begich has the
better odds."

Walker's announcement comes three days after former Lt. Gov. Byron
Mallott resigned after making "inappropriate comments." Following
Mallott's resignation, Davidson was immediately sworn in as Walker's No.

Stopping short of outright endorsing his Democratic competitor in his
re-election bid, Walker said Begich's "stance on the important issues
... closely align with my priorities for Alaska."

"This is not the first difficult decision I have made this week, but it
is one I know I must make. There simply are no words to express my
deepest gratitude to the incomparable, dedicated team of outstanding
Alaskans who have served in my administration and to the thousands of
supporters, donors, volunteers and campaign staff who have been
passionately committed to my re-election," Walker said.

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