Trump, who was seeking to become the first Republican president to govern the majority-minority state, has had to fend off the challenge of Democrats to his bid to become Alaska’s first female governor.
Trump, who has faced opposition from Alaska’s Democratic-controlled legislature for years, has sought to appoint a Democratic governor in recent years and has tried to create a political dynasty in the state that would give him power over state government and political leadership.
Bill Walker, a moderate Democrat, is running against Trump.
Walker has faced criticism for his handling of the state’s health care crisis and the state has struggled with declining revenues from oil revenues.
Walker has faced an uphill battle against a challenger who has tried and failed to make inroads in the GOP-controlled Legislature.
Trump has not only refused to endorse Walker, but he has refused to hold a public campaign event for Walker.
Republican U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a Murkowski ally, has been endorsed by the Republican National Committee and has said she will support the nominee.
She also said she is considering joining the Republican ticket if Trump does not formally run.
Murkowski said Monday that she has not spoken with Trump about running for governor, though she told reporters that she would support the nomination.
Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan of Alaska said he was backing Walker, who also is a former Alaska governor and has faced a tough challenge from Murkowski and Democrats in the Legislature.
Sullivan said he would consider supporting Walker should Trump not run.
Sullivan’s endorsement is unlikely to help Walker against Murkowski or any other Democrat.
Sullivan’s spokesman, Scott Fadol, said that the senator supports Walker.
Sullivan is considered a key vote in the Senate that could decide whether to override the governor’s veto of Trump’s nomination of Alaska Gov.
Mead Treadwell, a Democrat, to become secretary of state.
The Senate must pass Treadwin’s nomination by the end of the week.
The Senate, which must approve Treadwal’s nomination, is set to consider Trump’s candidacy again this week.
Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin, D-Ill., has said he intends to push forward with Treadweill’s nomination and that he will support Trump if he is not running.
Trump has a long history of trying to influence state government.
He’s sued the Obama administration over the Affordable Care Act, which has forced the state to expand Medicaid, and the president has made his views on health care more aggressive than many other Republican governors.
He has criticized Democrats and President Barack Obama for the Affordable Act.