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District turnout Tuesday hit about 40 percent

Poll workers help voters with their ballots Tuesday at The Plaza.

About 40 percent of registered voters in House District 33 showed up at the polls on Tuesday. By precinct, the turnout varied from about 15 percent for North Prince of Wales to about 48 percent in Wrangell.

In between those two extremes, Saxman and North Tongass 2 show turnouts of about 46 percent; Ketchikan 2 at The Plaza shows 42 percent; Thorne Bay shows 41 percent; Ketchikan 3 at the ferry terminal and North Tongass 1 each show about 40 percent; South Tongass shows 38 percent; and Ketchikan 1 at Schoenbar shows 32 percent.

District 33 voters clearly favored Republican candidates nationally as well as for state office. Nearly 3,000 voted for Mitt Romey versus about 1900 for Barack Obama.

About 3,500 district voters picked Republican Rep. Don Young, compared to about 1,100 who preferred Democrat Sharon Cissna.

In the District 33 House race, nearly 3,000 voters chose Republican Peggy Wilson, and about 1,700 voted for Democrat Matt Olsen. Independent Kyle Johansen attracted about 440 votes.

The only precinct where Olsen won a majority of votes was Ketchikan 1.

District voters followed the rest of the state on the two ballot questions, soundly rejecting a constitutional convention, but approving transportation bonds. The bond package includes about $19 million for Ketchikan’s planned Shelter Cove Road.

Details from Tuesday’s election are available on the state Division of Elections website. Go to www.elections.alaska.gov and click on “View election results.”

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