The gap between Democratic Sen. Hollis French and Republican challenger Bob Bell for Senate District J has narrowed to 56 votes.
The state Division of Elections counted absentee and question ballots Tuesday. French has 7,562 votes to Bell’s 7,506 for the Anchorage seat. Coming into the ballot count, French had a 247-vote lead.
Republican Rep. Lance Pruitt widened his lead by 216 votes over Democrat Rep. Pete Peterson for Anchorage House District 25 (Pruitt: 4,095; Peterson: 3,879). Peterson was down by 96 votes after Election Day results. The Republican caucus recently named Pruitt House Majority Leader.
Pruitt and Peterson were thrown into the same House district by redistricting.
More outstanding ballots will be counted on Nov. 19 and 21, the last day to receive ballots postmarked from overseas.