Governor Drops Re-Election Bid Days Before Election

With less than a month to go until Election Day, Alaska Gov. Bill Walker quit his bid for re-election, throwing the three-way gubernatorial race into disarray.

Walker, an independent, had been locked in a tough campaign for re-election against Democrat Mark Begich and Republican Mike Dunleavy. Fox News had ranked the race a toss-up.

Walker, 67, said he needed more time to win the election and it had “become clear” he could not win the three-way race. So instead of continuing, he endorsed Begich for the election Friday.

The move came just a few days after his lieutenant governor and close friend, Democrat Byron Mallott, resigned over “inappropriate comments.” He apologized, saying he was “compelled” to step down because of the remarks he made “that placed a person whom I respect and revere in a position of vulnerability.”