Alaska primary results solidify heading into end of vote counting

Shelly Mangusso talks to Barbara Sandberg as the two check voter rolls from Region III on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 in Juneau, Alaska. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/KTOO)
Shelly Mangusso talks to Barbara Sandberg as the two check voter rolls from Region III on Tuesday in Juneau. On Thursday, the leads in several Senate and House races grew. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/KTOO)

The races for Alaska’s legislative elections this fall continue to take shape on Thursday, after most of the remaining absentee ballots were counted. 

In all but a few races, it would take hundreds of ballots that hadn’t previously been announced to change results. 

The most prominent remaining close race is that of North Pole Republican Sen. John Coghill, facing Robert Myers. Myers is up by eight with an estimated 76 ballots left to count. There were no new votes counted in the race on Thursday. 

Roger Holland continues to lead Senate President Cathy Giessel in an Anchorage Republican race, 3,684 to 2,054, with few votes left to count. Holland would face Democrat Carl Johnson in the general election, if there are no changes. 

Sen. Natasha von Imhof continued to build her lead over Stephen Duplantis in another Anchorage Republican race, 2,160 for von Imhof to 1,881 for Duplantis. The winner would face Democrat Roselynn Cacy and independent Jeff Landfield in the fall. 

And Kodiak Republican Sen. Gary Stevens extended his lead over challenger John Cox in a district that also includes the southern Kenai Peninsula Borough and Cordova. Stevens has 2,085 votes, while Cox has 1,854. The winner would face Alaskan Independence Party candidate Greg Madden in the fall. 

In the House, Kathy Henslee took a seven-vote lead over Connie Dougherty in the Republican primary to face Democratic Rep. Chris Tuck for an Anchorage seat. The race was tied after Tuesday. AIP candidate Timothy Huit also is running. 

Paul Bauer has built a lead over David Walker to be the Republican challenger to Anchorage Democratic Rep. Ivy Spohnholz, who wasn’t opposed in her primary. Libertarian Scott Kohlhaas also is running for the seat. 

The state Division of Elections is expecting to finish counting votes on Friday. The state review board must certify the results by Wednesday. 

 

Andrew Kitchenman

State Government Reporter, Alaska Public Media & KTOO

State government plays an outsized role in the life of Alaskans. As the state continues to go through the painful process of deciding what its priorities are, I bring Alaskans to the scene of a government in transition.

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