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 Haines area used to be a Tlingit stronghold, ruled by an alliance between the prosperous Chilkat and Chilkoot people. A new Haines Sheldon Museum exhibit explores how the Native territory gradually gave way to white settlement in the late 1800s. The exhibit will anchor the museum’s upstairs space for at least two years.
- "If this technology goes the way that leading experts are predicting, we could see the entire corridor as a freeway could be autonomous by 2040,” said transportation consultant Scott Kuznicki.
- Concerns over animal welfare have led to changes in recent years in how livestock are raised. But seafood has been missing from the conversation. One group aims to change that.
- “I don’t know if the gravity really is hitting everybody, but we’ve been arguing for recognition since statehood, and under this administration the attorney general has provided an opinion that, yes, tribes do exist, that we have inherent sovereignty,” said Richard Peterson, president of the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska.