Even though the vast majority of Alaska Democratic Party Central Committee members voted 89-2 to support the joint campaign between Bill Walker and Byron Mallott, one Democrat says he's furious about the way it happened.
Tom Schulz says he's so angered by the way the unity ticket happened, he's quitting his leadership role in the Alaska Democratic Party in Ketchikan.
"I got blindsided, I was a member of the executive committee of the Democratic party," Schulz said. "I was as I said Byron Mallott's District 36 team leader and I didn't know much of anything at all with this."
Dr. Forrest Nabors, a UAA Professor of political science says there could be fallout from the Republican Party too.
"They're upset that Walker's teaming up with a Democrat and already we're starting to hear that -- I'm hearing that from the Republican party and that's to be expected," Nabers said. "The question is, how many are going to defect and how many are gonna stick?"
Gubernatorial candidate Bill Walker says teaming up with Mallott as his running mate for lieutenant governor was the only way to potentially beat Gov. Sean Parnell and his running mate, Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan.
"It was clear that somebody had to make a move because a three-way -- all the polling, all the numbers showed the polling was going to favor the incumbent," Walker said. "We felt Alaska wants a change, and so the only way to make that change was if we do something together and go and put the politics aside and go in and fix Alaska."
One of the factors that will play out in November is related to the recent failure of the ballot measure that would have repealed oil tax reform legislation.
"That's really the glue that keeps this ticket together, is economics and oil economics really," Nabors said. "They are closely aligned on that question, but when it comes to for example social issues they're pretty far apart and who knows how that's gonna effect the Democratic base."
Parnell's campaign communications director, Luke Miller, says Alaskans have already spoken on SB 21 by rejecting its repeal during the primary election. Miller says his staff's only focus now is the campaign trail ahead.
"The only thing that's changed is there's one Democratic ticket and one Republican ticket and moving forward, that's become clear from us Alaskans," Miller said. "Now as far as our strategy going forward, we look forward to trying to earn every single one of Alaska's votes."