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Begich and Treadwell jump into Alaska governor’s race

The filing deadline has come and gone. The table is set. Prepare for a three-headed monster of a governor’s race, Alaska.

Former U.S. Sen. Mark Begich put the truth to long-standing rumors on Friday by jumping in the Democratic primary for governor. That move prompted incumbent Gov. Bill Walker, who is running as an independent, to bypass the party primary and focus on collecting signatures to face Begich and the Republican nominee in the November general election.

And that Republican nominee? The day began with former state Sen. Mike Dunleavy of Wasilla as a frontrunner but he now faces a last-minute challenge within his party primary from former Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell. Businessman Scott Hawkins is also a contender in that race.