Liz Snyder of Anchorage is the only Democrat, as well as the only woman of 13 new legislators.
Soldotna Republican Sen. Peter Micciche helped organize a meeting of the Senate Republicans on Nov. 13. He said he’s “very optimistic” that the Republicans will be forming a majority.
For now, Patkotak isn’t committing to any legislative caucus. He says he hopes to take his role as an independent lawmaker seriously.
Two Anchorage House races also were resolved with today’s vote count.
In a Republican-leaning district that supported President Trump by 14 points, voters re-elected independent Rep. Dan Ortiz by a wide margin.
Monday’s count included most of the remaining ballots from districts that have opposed Ballot Measure 2, but the total vote count indicates that the measure will pass.
Young’s opponent in last week’s election, Democratic Party-endorsed independent Alyse Galvin, said the Congressman’s staff could not reach him Friday when she wanted to call him to concede.
Ballot Measure 2 grew closer to passing on Friday, with 1,141 more yes votes than no votes after the day’s count.
There are still more ballots to count, but U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan and Congressman Don Young seem to have cemented their re-election.
After officials counted another 35,000 votes, Ballot Measure 2 has a tiny lead of 500 votes, or less than 0.25%.