Dan Sullivan took 40 percent of the vote, handily beating Joe Miller and Mead Treadwell to win the Republican Primary for U.S. Senate. Sullivan, though, wouldn’t talk to reporters and didn’t come to Election Central at the Egan Convention Center, as winning candidates usually do.
Alaska Native voters in the Yukon-Kuskokwim region of Western Alaska give the Yup’ik language primary ballot translations mixed reviews. All eight of the Yup’ik voters that KYUK talked with said they needed help understanding what they were voting on.
With some ballots yet to be counted, a referendum to repeal Gov. Sean Parnell's signature oil tax law is trailing by nearly 7,000 votes. When the first returns came in, the referendum was up by exactly five votes. The Vote Yes Repeal the Giveaway team marched into Anchorage's Election Central cheering enthusiastically and believing momentum was on their side. But as the night wore on, the numbers began to turn against the ballot measure. Wednesday morning, 48 percent of voters had voted yes on the referendum and 52 percent had voted no.
Former Natural Resources Commissioner Dan Sullivan won the Republican primary for U.S. Senate. He will run against incumbent Democrat Mark Begich who easily won renomination Tuesday. Sullivan took 40 percent of the vote, 8 points ahead of Fairbanks Attorney Joe Miller. Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell finished third with about 25 percent of the vote. Here are the current standings with 98.6% of precincts reporting. Dan Sullivan: 40.07% Mead Treadwell: 24.91% Joe Miller: 31.99%
Unofficial results of Tuesday's primary election are in, and it looks like there may be one upset in the Valley. Mat-Su Borough Assemblyman Jim Colver could upset incumbent Eric Feige for the Republican nomination for the House District 9 race. Former state representative Bill Stoltze won the Republican nod for the Senate District F.
Tuesday's Republican primary pushed three Anchorage candidates a little closer to Juneau. Anand Dubey had a clear lead over challenger Mark Fagnani for the Republican candidacy for House District 21. Don Hadley bested challenger Kevin Kastner for the Republican nomination in House District 16. Liz Vazquez won the Republican nod for House District 22 with more than 52 percent of the vote. Challenger Sherri Jackson finished with 47 percent.
Incumbent Republican Sean Parnell easily won renomination for governor beating three other candidates. His Democratic challenger will be Byron Mallott who also coasted to victory Tuesday. Parnell and Mallott will face Bill Walker, who is running as an independent, in November.
Last year the Legislature narrowly passed Senate Bill 21, which offers tax cuts to encourage more drilling in the wake of declining oil production statewide. Today, Alaska voters have the opportunity to repeal the cuts laid out under SB 21. Those voting "yes" on Ballot Measure 1 are voting to repeal the cuts. Those voting "no" are electing to leave the tax reform as it stands under Senate Bill 21. Current poll numbers are being pulled from the Alaska Division of Elections webpage. YES: 47.78% NO: 52.22% 98.6% of precincts reporting.
Two-term incumbent Eric Feige lost his race for House District 9 to challenger Bill Colver. Benny Nageak narrowly keeps his seat in House District 40 (Barrow/Kotzebue) after a tight race against Dean Westlake. Over in Fairbanks' House District 3, incumbent Tammie Wilson won over incumbent Doug Isaacson; the two were pitted against each other due to redistricting.