|Mike Dunleavy spoke to Alaskans in Eagle River during his campaign for governor.|
|Former Gov. Bill Walker and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott once shook hands.|
Under terms of the Alaska Constitution candidates for governor who don’t measure up once elected are replaced in four years. The most recent example of this fact was with one-term governor Bill Walker and Byron Mallott. Even some of their previously strident supporters didn’t want to have to vote for them again in 2018. So, the Democrats ran Mark Begich in high hopes he would sweep into office after all of his previous accomplishments as Mayor of Anchorage and U.S. Senator.
|Mark Begich, Anchorage School District Graduate|
Begich was their boy, and he lost fair and square: Of 442 Precincts in Alaska during the 2018 General Election, Republican Michael Dunleavy received 145,631 (53%) votes to Begich’s 131,199 (46.50%) votes. The Libertarian candidate William S. "Billy" Toien received 5,402 votes (1.91%) and Bill Walker (who wasn’t even on the ballot) received 5,757 (2.03%) of the votes. So even if all the other voters had selected Begich, the winner would still have been Dunleavy.2
What a Tangled Web We Weave…