In this Oct. 2, 2018, file photo, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton talks with Jeffrey Goldberg, editor in chief of The Atlantic, during The Atlantic Festival, in Washington. On Monday via Twitter, Clinton endorsed 17 Democratic governor candidates, including Alaska’s Mark Begich (Alex Brandon | The Associated Press)

In this Oct. 2, 2018, file photo, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton talks with Jeffrey Goldberg, editor in chief of The Atlantic, during The Atlantic Festival, in Washington. On Monday via Twitter, Clinton endorsed 17 Democratic governor candidates, including Alaska’s Mark Begich (Alex Brandon | The Associated Press)

Hillary Clinton endorses Begich for governor

Twitter remark follows President Trump’s support for Mike Dunleavy

Hillary Clinton has endorsed Mark Begich for governor.

In an announcement Monday morning on Twitter, Clinton announced her support for a slate of Democratic governor candidates across the United States. Among them was Mark Begich, the Democratic candidate for Alaska governor.

“Governors set the tone and direction for their states. They’re also our last line of defense against some of the Trump administration’s worst policies. So pick a candidate—or two or three—and help flip one of these 17 races,” Clinton wrote.

About Begich, she wrote, “(Mark Begich) is a dedicated public servant, business owner, and former U.S. senator who has a record of cutting through bureaucracy to get things done for Alaskans. In office, he’ll prioritize schools, jobs, and affordable health care.”

Clinton’s endorsement follows a similar one by the winner of the 2016 election, President Donald Trump. Last week, Trump endorsed Republican governor candidate Mike Dunleavy.

Support from Clinton is not expected to affect the race significantly. Clinton lost Alaska’s Democratic primary to Bernie Sanders, and she received only 36.55 percent of the vote in the 2016 general election.


• Contact reporter James Brooks at jbrooks@juneauempire.com or 523-2258.


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