Gov. Bill Walker Drops Out Of Alaska Gubernatorial Race 18 Days Before Election

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker (I) on Friday suspended his re-election campaign.

Walker, an independent, initially announced the news at an Alaska Federation of Natives conference. He later elaborated on his decision in an Instagram post.

Walker wrote in the post, every decision that he made as a governor, he made it on the basis of what he believes is best for Alaska and with that said, effective today, he is suspending his campaign for re-election as Governor.

He added that with more time, he is confident that Lieutenant Gov. Valerie Davidson and he could deliver a message and a campaign that could earn a victory in this election, but there are only 18 days remaining before election day and in the time remaining, he believes they cannot win a three-way race.

Walker’s departure has set up a tight competition between former U.S. Sen. Mark Begich (D) and former state Sen. Mike Dunleavy (R).

His announcement comes only three days after the state’s lieutenant governor, Byron Mallott (D), resigned abruptly due to unspecified “inappropriate comments.”

Davidson had hinted at a press conference that Mallott’s comments might have been related to women.