Election Round-up: Who's up, who's down in hot races across Alaska
Published: Nov. 6, 2018 at 10:39 PM AKST
While all eligible voters in Alaska have had the chance to vote for U.S. House, Governor and Ballot Measure 1, a number of local races are under close watch as well. Here’s how some of them are turning out:
- Senate Seat A – In Fairbanks, Senate President Pete Kelly, a Republican, regained a slight lead over challenger Democratic House Rep. Scott Kawasaki according to early reports. By 10:32 p.m. with 13 of 13 district precincts reporting, Kelly led Kawasaki 4,048 to 4,037 -- by just 11 votes. Kelly has been in the Alaska Senate since 2013, though he previously served in the Alaska House and Senate from 1995 to 2003. Kawasaki has been his district’s representative in the state House since 2006.
- House District 1 - Republican Bart LeBon held just a 79 vote lead over Democrat Kathryn Dodge, with all 9 precincts in the district reporting, as of 10:52 p.m.
- Senate Seat O – On the Kenai Peninsula, Sen. Peter Micciche appears to be safe in his seat. Though technically unopposed, Micciche faced a hearty challenge in the Republican primary by Ron Gillham, but came out on top. Gillham continued the challenge, filing as a write-in candidate. By 10:15 with all 17 precincts reporting, Micciche had a solid 7,771 votes to 4,049 write-ins.
- House District 15 – In East Anchorage, incumbent Republican Gabrielle LeDoux leads challengers Democrat Lyn Franks and declared write-in, Republican Jake Sloan, who was backed by the Republican party, as of 11:26 p.m. Those results are with 4 of 5 area precincts counted. LeDoux had garnered 876 votes to Franks’ 746, while write-in votes tallied 565. LeDoux originally trailed in her Republican primary race, after the party backed another candidate, but ultimately came out on top after absentee ballots were counted. LeDoux had caucused with Democrats and Independents rather than Republicans in the House Majority. By 6:00 a.m. on Nov. 7, with 5 of 5 precincts reporting, LeDoux appears to be in a 5 point lead, with 1055 votes above Franks with 930, and write-in votes with 682.
- House District 31 – In Homer, incumbent Rep. Paul Seaton appears to have lost his seat. He’s another Republican who sided with the Democratic and Independent caucus switched his party affiliation. Rep. Paul Seaton ran as an Independent in the 2018 election, faced by Republican, Sarah Vance. By 10:15 p.m. with all nine area precincts reporting, Vance had 4,348 votes to Seaton’s 2,999.
- In House District 22 in Anchorage, incumbent Independent Jason Grenn trails Republican challenger Sara Rasmussen. With 6 of 7 precincts reporting after 11:26 p.m., Rasmussen had 2,768 votes to Grenn's 2,400. By 6:00 a.m. on Nov. 7, with 7 of 7 precincts reporting, Rasmussen leads with 3,209 votes, over Grenn with 2,837, and Democrat canddate Dustin Darden with 775.
- Judge Michael Corey’s seat on the Superior Court bench is in jeopardy. While all Alaska judges face a retention vote, a campaign against Corey emerged after a controversial case in which a man was sentenced to no further jail time after he pleaded guilty to choking a woman unconscious and masturbating onto her. Corey’s supporters and the Department of Law said his sentence was bound by the law and the charges the man pleaded guilty to. As of 11:26 p.m., votes against retaining Judge Corey numbered 75,024 while those to keep him tallied 66,006. That’s with 221 of 239 precincts reporting. By Thursday morning, 76,684 votes against Corey had been cast, with just 67,415 to support keeping him.
This is a developing story and will be updated as more numbers come in.