Alaska governor's campaign moving ahead 'a day at a time'

October 18, 2018 - 2:58 pm

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Bill Walker says his re-election campaign is moving ahead but says he's taking it "a day at a time."

His campaign was rocked Tuesday by the abrupt resignation of Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott over what Walker has described as an inappropriate overture to a woman. Mallott apologized though few details have been released.

During a speech at the Alaska Federation of Natives Conference in Anchorage Thursday, Walker referred to Mallott as his brother, closest friend and soul mate. He says Mallott did the right thing by taking responsibility.

Walker, an independent, is in a three-way race for re-election. Some Democrats and independents worry that Walker and Democrat Mark Begich would split the vote, giving the race to Republican Mike Dunleavy.

State health commissioner Valerie Davidson replaced Mallot.