Republican Governors Association reserves air time in Alaska

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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The Republican Governors Association says it's reserving ad time in Alaska for the final weeks of this year's governor's race.

The group says it sees the race as a "top pick-up opportunity" for Republicans.

The RGA says the ad buy is scheduled for the final six weeks of the general election and worth $1.5 million.

Gov. Bill Walker changed his party affiliation from Republican to undeclared in joining with Byron Mallott as part of a so-called unity ticket in 2014, upsetting then-Gov. Sean Parnell, a Republican.

The RGA that year donated to a third-party group formed to oppose Walker's election.

Numerous Republicans have either filed as candidates or expressed interest in running for governor this year, including former state Sen. Mike Dunleavy, state Rep. Mike Chenault and businessman Scott Hawkins.

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