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Begich plans campaign announcement amid pressure to quit

September 4, 2018

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Democratic former U.S. Sen. Mark Begich plans a news conference to discuss the future of his run for Alaska governor.

Tuesday is the deadline for party nominees to withdraw ahead of November’s general election. Begich was unopposed in winning the Democratic nod for governor last month.

But he has faced pressure, including from his own party, to quit the race. Some Democrats and independents have worried that Begich and Gov. Bill Walker, an independent, could split the vote and hand the race to Republicans.

Former state Sen. Mike Dunleavy is the GOP nominee.

Begich has said he would not have run if he didn’t think he could win.

A Begich campaign spokeswoman did not immediately return a message.

Walker won with Democratic support in 2014.

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