House District 36 had a reasonably good turnout for Tuesday’s primary election, with about 25 percent of registered voters showing up at the polls.
Yhe highest turnout in House District 36 was North Tongass 2 in Ketchikan, which had 34 percent show up at the polls. The precinct with the lowest voter turnout was Metlakatla, which had 13 percent of registered voters participating.
House District 36 followed statewide trends on almost all the Alaska races, choosing Dan Sullivan and incumbent Sen. Mark Begich as the nominees for U.S. Senate; picking Forrest Dunbar and incumbent Rep. Don Young to run for U.S. House; Byron Mallot and incumbent Gov. Sean Parnell for the governor race; and Hollis French and Dan Sullivan as their lieutenant governor running mates.
The district went against the statewide results, though, over Proposition 1, the oil-tax repeal. While it was still relatively close, local voters preferred repealing Senate Bill 21 over keeping it. The final tally was 1,697 voting to repeal; 1,407 voting to keep the law in place. The statewide results for that ballot proposition currently show it losing 48 percent to 52 percent.
As we reported earlier, Chere Klein won the Republican House District 36 nomination. She took the majority of votes in seven of the 10 precincts.
Agnes Moran, who came in second overall, had the majority in Ketchikan No. 3 voting precinct at the ferry terminal; and Patti Mackey, who was third overall, had a slim lead among Saxman and Metlakatla voters.
To see detailed results from the primary election, go to http://www.elections.alaska.gov/results/14PRIM/
This article has been updated to reflect Metlakatla’s polling numbers, which weren’t available when the story first was published.