It was no surprise that Alaska went heavily for the Republican presidential ticket on Election Day. And as usual, the Capital City broke with the statewide trend.
A House District analysis of election returns indicates only 13 of 40 districts voted for President Obama. Alaska has 40 House and 20 Senate districts.
With all precincts counted, the Republican ticket of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan won 54.43 percent of the statewide vote, or 121,234 ballots. The Democratic ticket of Barack Obama and Joe Biden had 41.17 percent, or 91,696 votes. The only outstanding ballots are absentee and questioned. Alaska has three electoral college votes.
In Juneau’s House District 31 and 32, the president garnered 7,884 votes, compared to Romney’s 5,631 votes. The more conservative Mendenhall Valley area, HD 31, is represented by Republican Cathy Munoz, who ran for re-election unopposed. House District 32, formerly HD 3, now includes parts of the Capital City as well as Petersburg, Skagway and Gustavus. The old district has traditionally has been represented by a Democrat and Beth Kerttula had no challenger for her bid for an eighth term. With the expanded district, that could change in the next election.
Both HD 31 and 32 are within Senate District P, represented by Democratic Senator Dennis Egan, who did not stand for re-election.
Tongass Democrats’ chairwoman Nancy Courtney said she was proud of Juneau for “leading the way to re-elect Barack Obama.”
Southeast Alaska House District 34 favored the Democratic president. The district includes Sitka and Haines, Metlakatla, and other southern Southeast villages as well as Hoonah and Angoon. Democrat Jonathon Kreiss-Tomkins currently leads incumbent Republican Rep. Bill Thomas by 43 votes, a race that will be decided by absentee and question ballots.
President Obama also took Anchorage House Districts 15 through 19. Democrats won those House Districts, and all are within Senate districts represented by Democrats. Several large rural Alaska House Districts — 36 through 40 – also represented by Democrats — voted solidly for President Obama. HD 36 is within Senate District R, served by moderate Republican Gary Stevens. The other rural districts have for years elected Democratic senators Lyman Hoffman and Donny Olson.
Alaska 2012 General Election Results By District. (Zoom in for more detail.)
Districts are colored by the party affiliation of the candidates voted in. Two Republican candidates equal red, two Democrats equal blue and districts that elected a combination of Republican and Democratic candidates are purple.
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- U.S. Senate leaders postponed a vote on their health care reform bill, but Alaskans opposed to the bill aren’t letting up. One Alaskan, a three-time cancer survivor, went to Washington to make his pitch directly.
- Oprah Winfrey and some of her friends will be cruising through Alaska next month. Forbes reports that the seven-day Holland America cruise "Share the Adventure" departs from Seattle on July 15 on July 15. The 2,104-passenger ship will visit Glacier Bay National Park, Juneau, Sitka and other Alaskan sites.