The two challengers to Gov. Sean Parnell are discussing uniting their campaigns, representatives of the candidates said Monday. Democrat Byron Mallott and independent candidate Bill Walker were in their second day of discussions Monday about whether they would run as a bipartisan or non-partisan ticket, Mallott spokeswoman Laury Scandling said in an email to The Associated Press. A formal statement was expected by noon Tuesday, said Scandling, who added that she plans to leave the campaign at the same time. Any changes to the ballot have to be made by Tuesday.
The Alaska Dispatch News reports discussions would have Walker as the gubernatorial candidate and Mallott as lieutenant governor.
… State Sen. Hollis French, an Anchorage Democrat, gave up his early bid to run for governor and switched to lieutenant governor to give the top spot on the Democratic ticket to Mallott. The two lieutenant governor candidates would have to consent to leaving their tickets to make the deal work.