Nov. 8, 2018: Mike Dunleavy, Republican, was elected as the Governor of Alaska on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. Dunleavy defeated Mark Begich, Democrat. The incumbent Governor, Bill Walker, Independent, dropped out of the race in the final weeks of the campaign. Dunleavy has been in the Alaska State Senate since 2013. Begich is a former U.S. Senator and Mayor of Anchorage.