The Alaska political parties can now adopt an Independent candidate as their individual nominee according to a Superior Court ruling in Alaska, yesterday. This opens the door for the Democratic Party possibly awarding their ballot line to Independent Gov. Bill Walker in his campaign for re-election. Mr. Walker was the de facto Democratic nominee in 2014, when he ousted Gov. Sean Parnell (R) as an Independent with a Democratic running mate. The ruling may be moot from a practical standpoint, however, if former Sen. Mark Begich (D) decides to enter the race, which he admits to be considering. If so, an interesting three-way race will develop. If not, watch the Democrats again coalesce behind Walker as a way to defeat an eventual Republican opponent.
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