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.
- The Coast Guard is working on a rescue plan for an abandoned trawler, The Alaska Juris began taking on water Tuesday nearly 700 miles west of Dutch Harbor.
- President Obama hopes to "pass the baton" to Hillary Clinton — not just because he supports her but because a Republican president could reverse some of his signature initiatives.
- In its most recent draft, the Juneau Assembly added gender expression as a protected class in its proposed Equal Rights Ordinance.
- Roughly 16,000 pounds of chum spilled onto Egan Drive Monday afternoon. Declared unsafe for consumption, the fish have been destroyed.