JUNEAU — Vic Kohring, a former state lawmaker who pleaded guilty to a federal corruption charge in 2011, has withdrawn his candidacy for U.S. Senate in the interest of getting Republican Dan Sullivan elected.
Kohring won the Alaskan Independence Party nomination in last month’s primary. He switched his party affiliation from Republican prior to running.
The director of the Division of Elections confirmed Kohring requested his name be withdrawn and said no replacement candidate was offered in his place by Tuesday’s deadline.
The chair of the Alaskan Independence Party said she had just returned to Alaska from a trip and could not immediately comment.
Kohring said he didn’t feel bad about stepping aside, saying the people who supported him knew his principles were closely aligned to the Republican party.