Senate balance of power at stake in election

The Alaska state Senate faces the potential of a major power shift, with Republicans seizing a majority in the chamber.

Coming into the elections, the Senate had 10 Democrats and 10 Republicans. The GOP won at least 11 seats Tuesday night, and Republican party chairman Randy Ruedrich expected that number to rise to 14 when the results are finalized.

He said he’s pleased to have a Republican Senate that can work with the House and the governor.

An organizational meeting was planned for later Wednesday.

Democrats had hoped to take or hold on to at least four Anchorage Senate seats in hopes of keeping a coalition intact.

The Senate currently is ruled by a bipartisan coalition, which includes all 10 Senate Democrats and six Republicans.