Last week, the nation’s lone Independent Governor, Alaska’s Bill Walker, announced that he will seek re-election next year and again on an Independent ticket with Democratic Lt. Gov. Byron Mallot. But, former US Senator Mark Begich (D) again made a point to say that he is considering his own gubernatorial effort next year. Mr. Begich entering the race would cause the Governor a big political problem since the latter was, in effect, the de facto 2014 Democratic nominee because the party did not slate their own candidate. Should Mr. Begich run, the 2018 dynamic will greatly change and a victory scenario for Walker, Begich, and the eventual Republican nominee would all be realistic.
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