The Latest: Shakeup in Alaska governor’s race a shock

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on the shake-up in the Alaska governor’s race (all times local):

11:20 a.m.

Questions remain about the viability of Alaska Gov. Bill Walker’s campaign following the sudden resignation of former Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott.

Walker’s campaign manager, John-Henry Heckendorn, says the campaign is moving forward with Lt. Gov. Valerie Davidson serving as Walker’s running mate.

Mallott resigned as lieutenant governor Tuesday, after making unspecified “inappropriate comments.” Davidson, who until Tuesday served as state health commissioner, was sworn in as Mallott’s successor.

But Heckendorn also says talks have been ongoing with the Democrat in the race, Mark Begich. Begich’s campaign manager did not immediately return messages.

Some Walker supporters said Wednesday that they were still processing what happened.

One, Rep. Jason Grenn, says with early voting starting soon, Alaskans will want to hear something concrete from Walker on what his plans are.


12 a.m.

In a stunning October surprise, Alaska’s lieutenant governor has resigned for making unspecified “inappropriate comments.”

The move imperils the re-election hopes of Gov. Bill Walker, a man with whom he has shared a brother-like bond.

Walker, who has been locked in a tough re-election fight with Democrat Mark Begich and Republican Mike Dunleavy, had already been in talks with Begich. Walker’s campaign manager says the talks centered on a “path forward for Alaska” and stemmed from concerns about Dunleavy and the dynamics of a three-way race.

Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott’s sudden departure is a shocking blow to a ticket that began of political necessity in 2014 but grew into a partnership born of respect and trust.

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