Former U.S. lawmaker and former inmate Vic Kohring has pulled out of the U.S. Senate race.


The Alaska Independence Party nominee handed down his withdrawal to the Division of Elections in Wasilla Tuesday. Kohring, a former state representative, pleaded guilty to a federal corruption charge in 2011.


In a statement, Kohring said he did not want to take potential votes away from Dan Sullivan in what looks like a close race between the Republican nominee and Sen. Mark Begich, who’s seeking re-election.


“I don’t want to draw votes away from Sullivan that could possibly tilt the election to Begich and contribute to Democrats retaining control of the Senate with Reid staying in power,” his statement said. “Withdrawing lessens the chances of that happening. I call on all Alaskans to join me in voting for Dan Sullivan as our new senator.”


This is the second recent U.S. Senate shakeup. Mark Fish is now the Alaska Libertarian party candidate after Thom Walker withdrew.


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