Though elections officials are still compiling statistics from the vote, political advisers, pollers and independent observers say there are five early lessons from Alaska’s first ranked choice election.
Both Republicans in the Nov. 8 general-election race to succeed the late Rep. Don Young declined to drop out of the race Monday.
The outcome of the special election to fill the remainder of Don Young’s term will be announced on Wednesday.
The primary hasn’t narrowed the field so much as given a glimpse of who voters support heading into the November general election.
Everyone is advancing, but the Southeast primaries do give an early preview of how voters are feeling about the candidates.
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski has a narrow lead over Kelly Tshibaka. Gov. Mike Dunleavy leads his next closest challenger by over 20%.
Poll workers said they felt prepared to help voters navigate both ranked choice voting and the open primary on the other side of the ballot.
In Alaska’s first ranked-choice election, the leader on election night may not be the ultimate winner.
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