Update: Kreiss-Tomkins wins HD 34 race by 32 votes; French beats Bell by 50 votes for SD J

Jonathon Kreiss-Tomkins has won the House District 34 race by just 32 votes.

The Alaska Division of Elections Wednesday morning completed the tally of absentee ballots, giving the 23-year-old Sitka Democrat 4,123 to 4,091 for Haines Republican Rep. Bill Thomas.

The margin of difference is just .38 percent and is eligible for a recount, according to Elections Division Director Gail Fenumiai.

She says the recount cannot be requested until the district vote has been certified then the request must be received within 5 days.  It would be held for another five days before the count takes place.  Fenumiai anticipates certification of the district on Friday.

House District 34 encompasses a large area of Southeast Alaska from Haines to Sitka, including  Metlakatla, Craig, Hoonah, Angoon, Kake, Klukwan, Port Alexander, Pelican, Elfin Cove, Klawock, Kasaan and Hydaburg.

In Anchorage Senate District J, Sen. Hollis French won the race by 54 votes over Republican challenger Bob Bell.

Fenumiai says the ballot count is  complete. Themargin is .36 percent, also eligible for a recount.
 

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