ELECTION UPDATE: Alaska Democrats gaining fast in latest absentee ballot tally

    With roughly 135,000 absentee and early ballots counted over the past three days (and about 30,000 still left to go), the Alaska Division of Elections released their latest updates on races Thursday night. The new numbers show Ballot Measure 2 (aka ranked-choice voting) winning by 497 votes.

    The latest numbers also indicate continued steady gains for Democrats, especially in State House contests, where they now appear poised to gain six seats. Another three House seats are razor close with Republican David Nelson clinging to a 51.1% to 48.6% lead over liberal Democrat Lyn Franks, Republican Lance Pruitt holding a 50.2% to 49.5% lead over Democrat Liz Snyder, and Republican James Kaufman holding a 49.7% to 46.1% advantage over Democrat Suzanne LaFrance. If Democrats win these three races, they will have a 21-19 majority in the State House.

    Here’s where things stand as of Nov. 13.


    Trump/ Pence: 173,233 (53.2%)

    Biden/ Harris: 138,070 (42.4%)


    Dan Sullivan: 174,792 (54.3%)

    Al Gross: 131,627 (40.8%)


    Don Young: 175,436 (54.7%)

    Alyse Galvin: 144,188 (44.9%)

    BALLOT MEASURE 1 (Oil Tax)

    Yes: 131,825 (41.9%)

    No: 182,225 (58%)

    BALLOT MEASURE 2 (Ranked-Choice voting)

    Yes: 156,991 (50%)

    No: 156,494 (49.9%)


    Editor’s note: Republicans lead 8 of 11 races which would allow them to maintain a 11-9 majority in the Senate

    District B: Republican Robert Myers (57%) leads Marna Sanford  (37%)

    District D: Republican David Wilson (69.3%) leads Democrat Thomas Lamb (14.3%)

    District F: Republican Shelley Hughes (71.4%) leads Democrat Jim Cooper (23.6%)

    District H: Democrat Bill Wielechowski (57.6%) leads Republican Madeleine Gaiser (42.2%)

    District J: Democrat Tom Begich wins unopposed

    District L: Republican Natasha von Imhof (59.7%) leads Democrat Roselynn Cacy (39.2%)

    District M: Republican Josh Revak (57.5%) leads non-affiliated Andy Holleman (42.1%)

    District N: Republican Roger Holland (49.8%) leads Democrat Carl Johnson (45.6%)

    District P: Republican Gary Stevens leads (64.6%) AK Independent Greg Madden (34.9%)

    District R: Republican Bert Stedman wins unopposed

    District T: Democrat Donny Olson (64.8%) leads Republican Thomas Baker (34.3%)


    Editor’s note: Republicans are winning 22 of 40 House seats, which would reduce their ranks by six, while still giving them a 22-18 majority.

    District 1: Republican Bart Lebon (55.2%) leads Democrat Christopher Quist (44.4%)

    District 2: Republican Steve Thompson (69.7%) leads Democrat Jeremiah Youmans (29.8%)

    District 3: Republican Mike Prax wins unopposed

    District 4: Democrat Grier Hopkins (54%) leads Republican Keith Kurber (45.7%)

    District 5: Democrat Adam Wool (52.7%) leads Republican Kevin McKinley (47%)

    District 6: Republican Mike Cronk (56.1%) leads Democrat Julia Hnilicka (30%)

    District 7: Republican Christopher Kurka (73.8%) leads non-affiliated Jamin Burton (25.6%)

    District 8: Republican Kevin McCabe (81.4%) leads Democrat Alma Hartley (18.1%)

    District 9: Republican George Rauscher (72.1%) leads Democrat Bill Johnson (27.2%)

    District 10: Republican David Eastman (73.6%) leads Democrat Monica Stein-Olson (25.9%)

    District 11: Republican DeLena Johnson (74.1%) leads Democrat Andrea Hackbarth (25.6%)

    District 12: Republican Cathy Tilton wins unopposed

    District 13: Republican Ken McCarty (67.5%) leads Democrat James Canitz (32.1%)

    District 14: Republican Kelly Merrick (71.1%) leads non-affiliated Mike Risinger (28.5%)

    District 15: Republican David Nelson (51.1%) leads Democrat Lyn Franks (48.6%)

    District 16: Democrat Ivy Spohnholz (53%) leads Republican Paul Bauer (40.6%)

    District 17: Democrat Andy Josephson wins unopposed

    District 18: Democrat Harriet Drummond wins unopposed

    District 19: Democrat Geran Tarr wins unopposed

    District 20: Democrat Zack Fields wins unopposed

    District 21: Democrat Matt Claman (61.3%) leads Republican Lynette Largent (38.3%)

    District 22: Republican Sara Rasmussen (55%) leads non-affiliated Stephen Trimble (29.3%)

    District 23: Democrat Chris Tuck (47.4%) leads Republican Kathy Henslee (43.5%)

    District 24: Republican Tom McKay (56.1.7%) leads Democrat Sue Levi (43.5%)

    District 25: Democrat Calvin Schrage (52.1%) leads Republican Mel Gillis (47.7%)

    District 26:  Republican Laddie Shaw wins unopposed

    District 27: Republican Lance Pruitt (50.2%) leads Democrat Liz Snyder (49.5%)

    District 28: Republican James Kaufman (49.7%) leads Democrat Suzanne LaFrance (46.1%)

    District 29: Republican Benjamin Carpenter (65.6%) leads non-affiliated Paul Dale (34.1%)

    District 30: Republican Ron Gillham (62.3%) leads non-affiliated James Baisden (36.1%)

    District 31: Republican Sarah Vance (53.9%) leads non-affiliated Kelly Cooper (45.8%)

    District 32: Republican Louise Stutes wins unopposed

    District 33: Democrat Sara Hannan wins unopposed

    District 34: Democrat Andi Story (62%) leads non-affiliated Ed King (37.4%)

    District 35: Democrat Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins (59.2%) leads Republican Kenny Skaflestad (40.3%)

    District 36: Democrat Dan Ortiz (55.5%) leads Republican Leslie Becker (43.8%)

    District 37: Democrat Bryce Edgmon wins unopposed

    District 38: Democrat Tiffany Zulkosky (59%) leads non-affiliated Willy Keppel (40.2%)

    District 39: Democrat Neal Foster (63.2%) leads Republican Dan Holmes (17.7%)

    District 40: Non-affiliated Josiah Patkotak (51.7) leads Elizabeth Ferguson (47.9%)

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    Joel Davidson
    Joel Davidson
    Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 20 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.

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    1. It is shocking how many Marxists there are in this state; or are there? Maybe some of them are paper Marxists ballots filled out by DemonRat ballot harvesters.

        • You need to take the blinders off of your eyes..They do “find ballots”.. It has been happening for years. Get a clue, and turn off the “fake media” channels.

    2. The integrity of the voting process is the backbone of our FREEDOMS as Americans. Voter fraud must be exposed, electronic voter machines need to be done away with. There must be integrity and a reason to TRUST in the ballot count process. Otherwise our country is controlled by whoever can organize the more successful group of cheaters! Is that the country we want?

      • I know I don’t want the angry chaos, hateful name calling,war on seniors, soldiers,women, immigrants, lgbtq+ persons and nature, disregard for scienc, children in cages, for profit prisons locking up young able bodied persons while our infrastructure crumbles from age and neglect…i could go on much longer. Dingdong the witch is dead!

        • Perhaps if those young, able bodied people picked up tools or a secondary education of substance and went to work instead of prancing around being snowflakes these issues would resolve themselves? Perhaps if we stopped providing handouts to young, able bodied individuals and they in turn generated an income and paid taxes we could fund repair of your critical infrastructure? Perhaps if all parties actually backed off the extreme left and right positions we’ve all been entrenched in and found a way to work together to actually solve the root of these problems I wouldn’t be compelled to respond to your close minded extreme left banter…. You are a hypocrite Dr. Susan

        • Perhaps you should talk to the democrats.. And, BTW, the “children in cages” arguments (inspiring hate, and name calling”) was implemented under the Obama admin.

      • If we want true representation – we need to repeal Citizen’s United which allows candidates to win based on outspending their competitor. Gathering campaign funds is a slippery slope of modifying the candidate’s message & values to fit the donor’s wishes.

    3. Cheaters don’t win in the end…Alaskan Patriots will never be convinced that mail in ballots are not mostly fraudulent! This is a scam just like what’s going on in so many battle ground states! To all you AK left wingers, wait and see how you like life without fossil fuels in Alaska!

      • What is your opinion of the intentional sabotage of the US Postal Service by your man in the WH ? That was unforgivable – it had the worst impact on mail in votes. We don’t know how many votes are still waiting to be delivered…..

        • Give us a verifiable source of your claims that the post office was sabotaged.. It seems that some can’t look back at past standards, and practices. Nothing has been implemented that hasn’t been going on for years, yet the democrats can only see what the lamestream media has suddenly decided to weep about.

    4. Something stinks. Too many extreme left democrats suddenly leading when they were far behind? Ballot measure #2 was at the top of the democrats wish list and suddenly it’s passing after being down several thousand votes?
      Alaska using the same voting machines that the 5 swing states are using?
      The company doesn’t know who installed the updates in the early morning hours and isn’t talking about it?
      It isn’t how you vote it’s who counts the ballots!

    5. I don’t like mail in ballots at all. There is just not the same control of the ballots. And in close elections where you have results which are almost 50-50 vote balances( like prop 2 right now) it is crucial to keep that ballot integrity. Otherwise, when issue emotions are running high anyway, less ballot integrity=more frustration. People, including the most doubting, need to be 100% sure their votes were counted & nothing is amiss. They may still be upset about results but at least they can take voter fraud/error off their list of concerns. Looking at the voter stats so far it seems there has been a relatively good turn out statewide. But when I look at my precinct in Kenai so far I’m seeing 888 votes cast out of 3,013 registered voters. They may change some once all the ballots are in. But that is a 29.47% turnout. So of this may be the voter roles are not completely correct (and I know there are errors, with some people having moved out of state, died etc) but more importantly thats a ton of people who simply did not vote. I don’t know their affiliations but potentially there’s the chance if more people had voted in the precinct prop 2 would not be passing. It is only 497 ahead on the yes votes right now. And that’s only one precinct. I did some door to door work before the covid hit. And one common statement I heard from voters was they were sick of politics (at the time mostly state issues) and didn’t want anything to do with any of it…end of story. So maybe thats part of what’s happening. Only thing is, if you don’t vote because your disgusted with politics, but then get upset with election results where does that leave you? Either even more disgruntled or maybe ready to storm the Bastille because now thats your only option. I don’t know, but its very frustrating to watch.

    6. Disagree – your condemnation of mail-in paper ballots is unjustified. Having a paper ballot kept as physical proof of your vote is a type of extra security. If questions arise – the total counts can be checked again.

    7. The founding fathers (and other countries that have tried this mail-in garbage and rejected it) were afraid of this type of crap. Other than verifiable hardships to being able to vote in person And military not in their home state (maybe airborne Ebola, but not this flu), the vote should be done on one day, in person, with effective ID.

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