Begich, Sullivan to debate for first time since Sullivan won GOP Senate nomination

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JUNEAU, Alaska — Democratic Sen. Mark Begich and Republican Dan Sullivan are set to debate for the first time since Sullivan won his party's nomination.

Begich and Sullivan are confirmed for the United for Liberty debate in Anchorage Wednesday. The Alaska Libertarian party said third-party candidates were invited but none responded.

Libertarians have called the win by their nominee, Thom Walker, an anomaly. Walker is a political unknown who cut virtually no profile during the campaign. The party endorsed Mark Fish, who was in second place.

The party, in a statement Monday, called Walker a "phantom candidate," who switched his affiliation from Republican to Libertarian earlier this year. The party said its leaders have tried unsuccessfully to reach him since May.

Walker hasn't returned a call from The Associated Press.

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