Juneau, AK (KINY) - The Alaskan race for Governor has just had a dramatic change. Republican candidate Scott Hawkins has dropped out entirely.
Hawkins was cited saying that the entrance of Mead Treadwell complicated things in the campaign and lowered his chances to win.
Left in the race are these candidates: Republican Mead Treadwell, Republican Mike Dunleavy, Independent Bill Walker, and Democrat Mark Begich.
Mike Dunleavy sent his thoughts about Hawkins dropping out in a press release.
“Scott Hawkins is a good man with a beautiful family. I’ve enjoyed the time I’ve spent with him at campaign events over the past few months, learning more about his conservative principles and free-market solutions to Alaska’s challenges. While we were technically opponents, Scott unquestionably elevated the debate, laying out a positive vision for Alaska’s future− I found that Scott and I often agreed on more issues than we disagreed. While I understand his reasons for exiting the race, I welcome Scott’s continued involvement in Alaska politics, supporting candidates who share his firmly held belief that Alaska’s best days are ahead of us. Rose and I will keep Scott in our prayers, but we remain optimistic that his tenacity paired with a supportive, loving family will ensure a quick return to full health.”