The moves will produce a highly competitive three-way general election, featuring the Governor on the Independent line, very likely Mr. Begich becoming the Democratic standard bearer, and an eventual Republican nominee.
In the GOP primary, former state Sen. Mike Dunleavy and businessman and Anchorage Economic Development Corporation founder Scott Hawkins have been dueling for the nomination. Late in the filing period, former Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell also became a candidate, setting up a three-way August 21st primary.
Messrs. Begich and Treadwell’s late moves have drastically changed this campaign and makes the Alaska Governor’s campaign a highly competitive one all the way through the November 6th general election.