With 96% of precincts reporting, the Alaska Senate and House races seem to indicate that the State Legislature will again be closely divided between more conservative Republicans and another coalition of left-leaning Republicans, Democrats and Independents.

A review of the current state of Nov. 8 vote on the Senate races suggests that Republicans hold a 11-9 advantage in the upper chamber, but some of those Republicans, like Cathy Giessel, have a history of siding with Democrats.

On the House side, Republicans appear to have a tentative 21-19 lead over Democrats and others with many races still too close to call.

If those numbers hold, the House may, once again, be embroiled in a battle over how to form the majority coalition. In recent years, Democrats have peeled off just enough undeclareds, independents and a few Republicans to form a left-of-center majority coalition that has effectively marginalized the influence of conservative Republicans.

The inability of House Republicans to form a majority coalition, has stalled conservative efforts to ensure a full statutory PFD, address election integrity concerns, or address contentious cultural issues.

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Alaska Legislature may again be split between Republicans and a coalition of Dems and others

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Neil DeWitt says:

    So as I read this it looks like Alaska is going to let these over paid cry baby Rino’s rule the roost again. I say we the people need to first cut their pay not give them a raise. Second they get paid for 90 days ONLY. If they can’t get their work done then we the people will look at allowing another 30 days but, only at housing costs. They didn’t do the work required and were not paying over time for them. It’s time they figure it out right now who’s going to be the top dog and vote them in on day one.This goofing off for 1-3weeks while they figure out who is tuffer is garbage and we the people don’t need to pay them to sit and do nothing during that time. We’re paying you to work for us get busy and work. Another employer would fire you for not working. Your no better. Do the job or get out!

    • Mary says:

      Move the capital out of Juneau so “we the people” have access to our government. No more procrastination!

      • Lobo says:

        I agree, Mary.. It’s kinda like the Con Con though.. We can’t seem to get enough of the public to understand the processes, and values of having a Con Con, and getting the Capitol moved out of Juneau.. We have been flooded with mail circulars spreading misinformation (lies) about a Con Con, and if the issue of moving the Capitol out of Juneau starts to become a public issue, we will be “flooded” with the same misinformation (lies) regarding that.

  • Dan says:

    I agree with you 100%