By The Associated Press
Channel 2 News
10:23 AM EDT, May 9, 2013
Alaska Democrats have endorsed U.S. Sen. Mark Begich for re-election.
The endorsement is somewhat unusual in that the party typically doesn't announce its support for any one candidate in a primary.
Party spokesman Zack Fields says the party can endorse in limited circumstances. He says Alaska Democrats felt it important to get their support for Begich on the record early, given the flood of outside money that's expected in the race.
The primary is scheduled for August 2014.
It's not clear if any other Democrats will run.
Begich is in his first term, and Republicans Joe Miller and Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell have said they're considering a challenge to him.
Gov. Sean Parnell last week announced plans to seek re-election rather than seek the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate.