Alaska’s Republican Governor, Mike Dunleavy, has endorsed former President Donald Trump’s campaign for the presidency in 2024.
Dunleavy, who has been serving as the state’s governor since 2018, became the fifth incumbent governor to endorse a GOP presidential candidate and the third to endorse Trump’s candidacy.
Dunleavy’s endorsement of Trump comes amid significant developments in Alaska’s political landscape, including the introduction of a ranked-choice voting system and increased Democratic competitiveness. In the 2020 election, the state’s at-large House seat was won by a Democratic candidate using this system, marking a shift in Alaska’s political dynamics.
Dunleavy had previously received endorsements from Trump during his time in office, including during a recall effort in 2019. Trump’s involvement in Alaska politics extended to the 2022 election as well, where he attempted to unseat a Republican rival, Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.
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Alaska is expected to hold its presidential primary on March 5, which is a crucial date known as “Super Tuesday” as multiple states hold their primaries on the same day.
This endorsement by Dunleavy comes ahead of the first Republican presidential primary debate and adds to the momentum building around potential candidates for the 2024 election.
The Trump campaign did not immediately provide a response to the news of Dunleavy’s endorsement.
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