French finally wins SD J

Recount completed Thursday

An important Senate seat in Anchorage will remain with the Democrats.

The recount for Senate District J shows Sen. Hollis French 59 votes ahead of  Republican challenger Bob Bell.

French picked up eight votes in the recount, garnering 7,605  to Bell’s 7,546 votes.

Bell called for the recount, which was paid for by the state, because the  difference between the two candidates was less than half a percent.

Meanwhile, the recount in the House District 34 race is scheduled for Monday.  Democrat Jonathon Kreiss-Tomkins, of Sitka, is 34 votes ahead of Haines Republican Rep. Bill Thomas.

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