Alaska is one of 10 states that are most likely to see a change in party control in one or both state legislative chambers after elections on November 6. Although Republicans hold more House seats than Democrats, the Democrats actually control the chamber. The House has 21 Republicans, 17 Democrats, and two Independents, but Democrats formed a coalition with the Independents and three Republicans, electing Democrat Bryce Edgmon as House Speaker.
Challenging Walker is former state Senator Mike Dunleavy, a Republican, and former U.S. Senator Mark Begich, a Democrat. Some have called for Begich to drop out of the race, concerned that he would siphon off votes from Walker, but Begich has announced his intention to stay in the race now that the deadline to remove candidates from the ballot has passed. A poll earlier this summer showed that Dunleavy would lose a two-way race against either Walker or Begich, but would win a three-way race. There are no other state executive offices up for election except lieutenant governor, where candidates run on a combined ticket with gubernatorial candidates.