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.
- A drop in state funding could mean Anchorage will face a $24 million spending gap.
- In 2007, Alaska Department of Fish & Game information officer Riley Woodford profiled Beier and wrote he hand handled almost 800 bears and survived four bear attacks.
- Maya Holmes grew up in Petersburg. She works with the artists behind the fantastic faces produced for Kubo and the Two Strings.
- A damaged traffic light prompted authorities to close lanes of Egan drive until repairs could be made. The light has been fixed.