Election Results

 

We begin with Alaska's lone seat in the US House of Representatives.
 
Incumbent Congressman Don Young seeking re–election to the seat he has held since 1973.
 
This year, top opponents for the chair are Democrat and long–time Alaska legislator Sharon Cissna and Libertarian candidate Jim McDermott.
 
With nearly 99% or precincts reporting, Congressman Don Young finishes with 64 percent of the vote.
Nearest competitior is Sharron Cissna, she has 28 percent, followed by Jim McDermott with just over 5 percent.
 
Moving now to the six Alaska State House Districts....
 
Many of those races featured incumbent representatives positioned against each other due to district boundary changes or redistricting.
 
First to State House District 1 as two–term North Pole Mayor, Republican Doug Isaacson battled it out against Army veteran and current Air National Guard Major Janice Golub.
 
With 100% of precincts reporting, Isaacson strongly leads with 77 percent of the vote, while Golub takes 23 percent.
 
State Representative District 2 race pitted Representative Bob Miller against Representative Tammie Wilson, again both incumbents due to boundary changes.
 
Both candidates are just finishing their first full 3 year term, Wilson with a slightly longer tenure as she was appointed previously to fill out the term vacated by then representative john coghill.
 
This was a very close race throughout, with Wilson finishing near 52 percent of the vote, Miller with close to 48 percent, with all precincts reported in.
 
For State Representative in District 3...
 
Incumbent Representative and former Fairbanks mayor steve Thompson ran unopposed in the primary and now in the general election, so he will be back for a second term in Juneau.
 
He has just over 96 percent of the vote.
 
In District 4, Two term incumbent and former two term city council member scott Kawasaki ran against republican challenger David Pruhs.
 
The latest numbers from all precints indicate Kawasaki defeated Pruhs roughly 52 to 48%,
 
We move on now to a District with no current state representative in play.
 
District 5 features long–time dentist and businessman Pete Higgins running on the republican ticket, Dave Watts for the Democrats.
 
With all precints reporting, Higgins takes 53 percent of the votes, Watts has 46 percent.
 
Moving on to one of the largest districts in the state, district 38 for state representative.
 
One again, Two incumbents vying to continue their work down in Juneau.
 
Republican Representative Alan Dick has built a career in education, primarily in rural villages, while Democrat Representative David Guttenberg is widely known here in Fairbanks.
 
Guttenberg finished strongly with 47 percent of the votes, Representative Dick got 39 percent.
 
We now move on to the three local races for state senate.
 
State Senate A was one of the more contentious races, pitting two incumbents against each other in a battle for one senate seat.
 
Results between senator John Coghill, the republican and senator Joe Thomas, democrat: with all precincts in, John Coghill has 58 percent of votes, Joe Thomas finishes with 42 percent.
 
Now, to the other prominent senate race, the race for senate District B.
 
Former senator Pete Kelly back in the game, challenging incumbent Democrat Joe Paskvan, a member of the bi–partisan coalition in Juneau.
 
The two candidates were strongly at odds over Governor Parnell's proposed Oil tax reduction for producers, Paskvan joinng many others in calling it a giveaway.
 
When all was said and done, the voters sided with Kelly.
 
The incumbent senator, Joe Paskvan took 47 percent of the votes, compared to former senator Pete Kelly's 53 percent
 
Our final state senate contest features Republican Click Bishop and Democrat Anne Sudkamp.
 
The fireworks for this contest were largely spent during the primary as Bishop defeated former senator Ralph seekins and one other republican candidate to win the GOP nomination.
 
Sudkamp ran unopposed and has not spent as much money as Bishop.
 
In the end, it looks to be Senator Bishop as he takes a commanding 71 percent of the vote.
Sudkamp quite a ways behind with 28 percent
 
Now to the propositions on the ballot.
 
Simple question:  Shall there be a constitutional convention?
 
A constitutional convention would allow state lawmakers to make permanent changes to the state constitution.
 
Alaskans had their say, and the said NO, 68 percent to 32 percent.
 
To the Bond Proposition which asked if voters want to approve over 450 million dollars in state transportation projects.
 
That money includes bridge and road projects here in the Interior.
 
Alaska voters said "yes" with a result of 56 percent of tally, compared to 44 percent voting "no".
 
By now, most know that President Obama won re–election to a second term.
 
As always, Newscenter 11 received many local calls, frustrated that national news reports were already calling the race before West coast voters, Alaska included, has even finished voting.
 
This happenes every four years due to time change differences and, of course, the weight of electoral votes per state.
 
Nonetheless, we thought you might like to know how Alaskans voted for president.
 
Alaska is considered a red state, meaning it has sent its 3 electoral votes to the republican candidate for many, many years.
 
Last night, that trend continued as Alaskans voted  for Mitt Romney with about 55 percent of the vote.
President Barack Obama had 41 percent of Alaskans' ballots.