Former Republican Gov. Sarah Palin now has 43,577 votes, adding just over 2,000 ballots with this count. Republican Nick Begich has 30,851, an increase of just under 2,000 votes.
Nonpartisan candidate Al Gross — who announced he was withdrawing his candidacy Monday night — received less than 1,500 additional votes and how has 20,371 total. Democrat Mary Peltola also received over 2,000 additional ballots.
The festivities kicked off Monday morning featuring a parade circling downtown that had a variety of different floats painting an image of the diverse Anchorage community. Some of the floats included pageant participants, veterans, vintage vehicles and different cultural groups represented in the community.