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Begich could influence path Walker takes in governor’s race

By BECKY BOHRER
Associated Press
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – If Democrat Mark Begich runs for governor in Alaska that will change the path Gov. Bill Walker takes in seeking re-election.

Walker’s campaign said earlier this month that Walker and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott planned to enter the Democratic primary. Walker planned to run in the primary as an independent, a move allowed by a recent court decision, while Mallott planned to run as a Democrat.

But Walker’s campaign says in a statement Wednesday that if Begich decides to enter the Democratic primary “at the last minute,” Walker will not run as a candidate in the Democratic primary.

Instead, he and Mallott would run as independents and gather signatures to appear on the November general election ballot.

The candidate filing deadline is Friday.

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