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22% for District 33

Voter turnout in House District 33 was 22 percent overall on Tuesday, with individual precincts ranging from about 8 to nearly 29 percent.

The district’s turnout was slightly higher than the state average of about 21.5 percent. The numbers do not include absentee, questioned or early ballots.

According to unofficial primary election results posted by the state Division of Elections, there are 12,734 registered voters in District 33. Of those, 2,821 cast a ballot on Tuesday.

The vast majority voted the Republican ballot, which is open to voters who are registered as Republicans, undeclared or nonpartisan.

The precinct with the highest turnout was North Tongass 2 in Ketchikan, which shows 28.8 percent of registered voters participating, or 466 people. Wrangell followed close behind with 28.25 percent, or 458 people.

The lowest turnout was at the North Prince of Wales Island precinct, where just 8.65 percent, or 43 voters, showed up at the polls. It was followed by Ketchikan No. 1, at Schoenbar Middle School, which had 15 percent, or 296 people, cast ballots.

In her hometown, the winner of the Republican primary, Wrangell Rep. Peggy Wilson, won by a landslide. She also won a few Ketchikan precincts by small margins, as well as Prince of Wales, Saxman and Thorne Bay.

The two Ketchikan candidates, Agnes Moran and Pattie Mackey, pretty much split the vote in most of their hometown precincts. Moran came in second in the three-way Republican race.

Democrat Matt Olsen, running unopposed on his party’s ticket, ended Tuesday with 464 votes, 100 percent of those voting the Democratic ballot.

Olsen and Wilson will face Ketchikan’s incumbent Rep. Kyle Johansen, who is running as an independent in the general election.

 

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