ALASKA
     Nov. 4, 2014 Governor

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+Walker/Mallott (I) 
134,658
48.10%
Parnell/Sullivan (R) i 128,435
45.88%
Clift/Lee (L)
8,985
3.21%
Myers/Rensel (C)
6,987
2.50%
write-ins 893
0.32%

279,958

Registration: 509,011.  Ballots cast: 285,449.
Plurality:  6,223 votes (2.22 percentage points)

 AK Division of Elections



INDEPENDENT PICK-UP
Notes:
This was shaping up to be a three-way contest between Gov. Sean Parnell (R), Democratic nominee Byron Mallott (D) and attorney and businessman Bill Walker running as an independent.  However, on Sept. 2 Walker and Mallot upended the race, announcing they were forming an Alaska First Unity ticket (>).  The merged campaign went on to win by a narrow margin.

Mallott, an Alaska Native leader, former Juneau Mayor and former executive director of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation, had decisively won the Aug. 19 Democratic gubernatorial primary.  On Sept. 1 the Alaska Democratic Party cleared the way for him to join the Walker ticket with the party's support.  Mallott said, "This was not an easy decision; it was agonizing."

As a condition for the formation of the unity ticket Walker dropped his Republican party affiliation.  Walker had challenged Parnell in the Aug. 2010 Republican gubernatorial primary, finishing second with 34% of the vote.  Earlier in his career he served on the Valdez City Council, and as Valdez Mayor from 1979-80. 

Parnell is an attorney, former state legislator, who worked for ConocoPhillips before becoming lieutenant governor.  He ascended to the governorship following the resignation of Gov. Sarah Palin in July 2009, and was elected to a full term in Nov. 2010.  For 2014 he was joined on the ticket by Anchorage Mayor Dan Sulliv
an, who won the lieutenant governor nomination in the Aug. 19 primary.  (Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell had opted to seek the Republican U.S. Senate nomination).

General election debates and forums included:
  • Parnell, Mallot and Walker, fisheries debate hosted by the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce and KMXT in Kodiak on Aug. 28 (>).
  • Parnell, Walker and Clift, hosted by the Ketchikan Daily News in Ketchikan on Oct. 1 (>).
  • Parnell, Walker, Clift and Myers, hosted by the Kenai and Soldotna Chambers of Commerce in Soldatna on Oct. 8 (1, 2).
  • Parnell and Walker, hosted by the Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce in Fairbanks on Oct. 14 (>).
  • Parnell and Walker, hosted by the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, on Oct. 17 (>).
  • Parnell and Walker, at the Alaska Federation of Natives convention on Oct. 24 (>).
  • Parnell and Walker, hosted by Alaska Public Media on Oct. 29 (>).
Parnell conceded on Nov. 15.


Campaign Managers:
Bill Walker 
???


Sean Parnell  Tom Wright
(replaced Jerry Gallagher in Sept. 2014) 
Chief of staff to Alaska House Speaker Mike Chenault.  Bachelor of communication arts from Michigan State University.

Jerry Gallagher
(to Sept. 2014) Experience includes legislative director to then-Gov. Sarah Palin, and Gov. Parnell to May 2010.   Earlier was a lobbyist for ConocoPhillips Alaska.



See also:
Alex DeMarban.  "In governor's race, Walker has edge -- or maybe not."  Anchorage Daily News, Nov. 6, 2014.

Anne Hillman.  "Walker, Mallot form Unity Ticket to oppose Parnell."  Alaska Public Media, Sept. 2, 2014.

Richard Mauer.  "Walker, Mallot to join forces in governor's race."  Anchorage Daily News, Sept. 1, 2014.

Alexandra Gutierrez.  "Walker Poll Suggests Parnell Vulnerable ... In A Two-Way Race."  Alaska Public Media, July 1, 2014.

Alex DeMarban.  "Alaska Gov. Parnell commits to candidate debates around the state."  Anchorage Daily News, Apr. 15, 2014.


 






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