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Alaska GOP senator resigning to focus on governor's race


January 11, 2018

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska state Sen. Mike Dunleavy plans to resign his seat to focus on running for governor.

In a statement released Monday, the Wasilla Republican said the best way for him to advocate for his constituents’ values is to devote his full time and attention to ensuring that a new governor is elected this year.

A Dunleavy campaign spokeswoman, Amanda Price, said the resignation will be effective Jan. 15 — the day before the new legislative session begins.

State Republican party Chairman Tuckerman Babcock said he expects local party officials to act quickly in vetting...

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