Union head worried about three way Governor's race

    Anchorage, Alaska (KINY) Vince Beltrami, president of the Alaska AFL-CIO said Bill Walker and Mark Begish need to join forces or one of them needs to drop out.

    KTVA News reported that the state's largest labor groups are facing a tough decision on who to support this year.  Beltrami told the news outlet that he did not think that either of these two candidates could win a three way race.

    Walker and Begish will face off against the republican nominee.  A field of seven candidates are headed by former state senator Mike Dunleavy and former lieutenant governor Mead Treadwell.

    A new poll funded by the union showed Dunleavy would win a three way election with 32 percent, Begish and Walker would receive 28 percent and 12 percent of voters are undecided.

    Neither Begish or Walker have indicated a willingness to step aside or hinted at a repeat of 2014 when Walker joined forces with then democratic nominee Byron Mallott.  The Walker campaign received the AFL-CIO endorsement in 2014

    Another poll will be conducted before the August 21 primary to see if the numbers have changed.  The Unions hold conventions in late August.  To give out an endorsement two-thirds of members must agree on a candidate.

     

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