Gov. Bill Walker's announcement on Friday that he was suspending his re-election campaign turned the Alaska governor's race on its head with just two-and-a-half weeks until Election Day and early voting starting Monday.
A three-way race that left some voters fretting over whether to support Walker, an independent, or Democrat Mark Begich, is now a much clearer head-to-head fight to become the next governor in red-state Alaska. It's Republican Mike Dunleavy, a former state senator from Wasilla, against Begich, a former U.S. senator and Anchorage mayor.
Walker dropping his bid for re-election has sparked renewed enthusiasm among Democrats, with some seeing a clearer path to victory for Begich now in a two-way race, said Jay Parmley, executive director of the Alaska Democratic Party.