Democratic Sen. Hollis French is still slightly ahead of Republican challenger Bob Bell, for Senate District J in Anchorage.
The state Division of Elections counted more absentee ballots on Friday, giving French a 50-vote lead. At the end of the day, French had 7,572 votes to Bell’s 7,522 votes.
In another race Democrats were watching, totals remain unchanged for Anchorage House District 25. At the last ballot count on Tuesday, Republican Rep. Lance Pruitt led Rep. Pete Peterson, the Democrat, by 216 votes. Elections Director Gail Fenumiai says when the absentees are counted, there aren’t enough ballots to make up the large spread in that race.
It’s expected the Division of Elections will continue its count of absentee ballots Nov. 19 and Nov. 21.
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- Interior Secretary Sally Jewell has ordered that Native communities and their traditional ecological knowledge be considered in future federal land management decisions.
- The first marijuana shop in the state has its license to open and it's in Skagway. The Remedy Shoppe must now wait for the state to give the green light to marijuana testing facilities before its shelves are stocked.
- Sen. Dan Sullivan said he is trying to make Congress aware of more than 30 villages that still don't have running water or sewers.