Former state Senate President Charlie Huggins (R) announced that he is ending his gubernatorial campaign mainly due to poor fundraising. The decision leaves former state Sen. Mike Dunleavy and state Rep. and former House Speaker Mike Chenault (R-Nikiski), and businessman and Anchorage Economic Development Corporation founder Scott Hawkins as the three major Republican candidates.
The question remains about whether former US Sen. Mark Begich (D) will enter the race, but so far he keeps quiet about any future political plans including the option of launching a gubernatorial campaign. Assuming Mr. Begich does not run, then Gov. Bill Walker, the nation’s only Independent state chief executive, will again likely become the de facto Democratic nominee and be favored for re-election. If Begich decides to run, then we could see a free-for-all campaign.
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