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Republicans maintain control of state House

Lisa Demer
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Hollis French and supporters waved signs in support of his reelection to the Alaska State Senate early on Election Day at the corner of Minnesota Drive and Benson Boulevard on Tuesday morning November 6, 2012. 121106
Bob Hallinen
Obama volunteers react to Mitt Romney's concession speech while at the Obama For America-Alaska Office on Fairbanks Street in Anchorage on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
Bill Roth
Rep. Don Young greets supporters at Election Central at the Dena'ina Center on November 6, 2012 in Anchorage, Alaska.
Marc Lester
Volunteers react to President Barack Obama's victory speech being televised at the Obama For America-Alaska Office on Fairbanks Street in Anchorage on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
Bill Roth
Obama volunteers react to Mitt Romney's concession speech while at the Obama For America-Alaska Office on Fairbanks Street in Anchorage on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
Bill Roth
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News Volunteers react to President Barack Obama's victory speech being televised at the Obama For America-Alaska Office on Fairbanks Street in Anchorage on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
Bill Roth
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Lynne Koral votes at the Anchorage Senior Center using the visually impaired voting machine on Tuesday, November 6, 2012. Koral was instrumental in the getting the 2002 law passed mandating the voting machines, working through Alaska Independent Blind. 121106
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News A Harriet Drummond supporter in traffic in support of her election to the Alaska state house early on Election Day at the corner of the Seward Highway and Benson Boulevard on Tuesday morning November 6, 2012. 121106
Bob Hallinen
Obama volunteers react to Mitt Romney's concession speech while at the Obama For America-Alaska Office on Fairbanks Street in Anchorage on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
Bill Roth
Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins, center, talks with his mother, Connie Kreiss, right, after looking up election results on his computer Tuesday night Nov. 6, 2012, at their home in Sitka, Alaska. His father, Floyd Tomkins watches from the stairs. The 23-year-old recent college graduate leads in the race for the Alaska House District 34 seat by 44 votes.
JAMES POULSON
Volunteers watch President Barack Obama's victory speech being televised at the Obama For America-Alaska Office on Fairbanks Street in Anchorage on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
Bill Roth
Cheryl Carmack reacts to Mitt Romney's concession speech while at the Obama For America-Alaska Office on Fairbanks Street in Anchorage on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
Bill Roth
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News Kristin Kranendonk campaigns during the afternoon commute on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
Bill Roth
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Poll Worker Richard Lytle shows the voter access card and encoder at the Anchorage Senior Center for the visually impaired voting machine on Tuesday, November 6, 2012. 121106
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News John Hoffman, with a card board President Obama, Cindy Emery and Sarah Robinson wave signs in support of the President early on Election Day at the corner of the Seward Highway and Benson Boulevard on Tuesday morning November 6, 2012. 121106
Bob Hallinen
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Rep. Don Young greets supporters at Election Central at the Dena'ina Center on November 6, 2012.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News State Senate candidate Hollis French, right, bumps knuckles with Rep. Les Gara, left, at Snow City Cafe on Election Night, November 6, 2012. French is running against Bob Bell for Senate District J.
Marc Lester
Volunteers watch President Barack Obama's victory speech being televised at the Obama For America-Alaska Office on Fairbanks Street in Anchorage on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
Bill Roth
Volunteers celebrate President Barack Obama's victory at the Obama For America-Alaska Office on Fairbanks Street in Anchorage on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
Bill Roth
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News State Senate candidate Hollis French, center, talks with Ray Gillespie, left, as Leslie Ridle checks for election results on Election Night, November 6, 2012.
Marc Lester
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Elise Carroway slides her ballot in the counting machine at the Anchorage Senior Center during the 2012 election on Tuesday, November 6, 2012. 121106
Bob Hallinen
Rep. Don Young greets supporters at Election Central at the Dena'ina Center on November 6, 2012 in Anchorage, Alaska.
Marc Lester
Obama volunteers react to Mitt Romney's concession speech while at the Obama For America-Alaska Office on Fairbanks Street in Anchorage on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
Bill Roth
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News State House candidate Lora Reinbold stands with her supporters at Election Central at the Dena'ina Center on November 6, 2012.
Marc Lester
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News Volunteers react to President Barack Obama's victory speech being televised at the Obama For America-Alaska Office on Fairbanks Street in Anchorage on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
Bill Roth
Volunteers celebrate President Barack Obama's victory at the Obama For America-Alaska Office on Fairbanks Street in Anchorage on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
Bill Roth
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Election workers Marie Motschman, left, and Dianne LeSueur replace a full ballot box with an empty one at UAA's Student Union on Tuesday evening, November 6, 2012.
Marc Lester
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Voting was steady at the Anchorage Senior Center for election 2012 on Tuesday, November 6, 2012. 121106
Bob Hallinen
Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins, center, talks with his mother, Connie Kreiss, right, after looking up election results on his computer Tuesday night Nov. 6, 2012, at their home in Sitka, Alaska. His father, Floyd Tomkins watches from the stairs. The 23-year-old recent college graduate leads in the race for the Alaska House District 34 seat by 44 votes.
JAMES POULSON
Cheryl Carmack reacts to Mitt Romney's concession speech while at the Obama For America-Alaska Office on Fairbanks Street in Anchorage on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
Bill Roth
Alaska state director Michelle Meyer and volunteer Carolyn Murray talk about a Obama family portrait while at the Obama For America-Alaska Office on Fairbanks Street in Anchorage on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
Bill Roth
Volunteers celebrate President Barack Obama's victory while at the Obama For America-Alaska Office on Fairbanks Street in Anchorage on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
Bill Roth
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Republican Bob Bell waves to passers-by at Northern Lights Boulevard and Minnesota Drive on Tuesday evening, November 6, 2012. Bell is a candidate for the Alaska Senate seat held by Hollis French.
Marc Lester
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Voting was steady at the Anchorage Senior Center for election 2012 on Tuesday, November 6, 2012. 121106
Bob Hallinen
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News State Senate candidate Hollis French, right, bumps knuckles with Rep. Les Gara, left, at Snow City Cafe on Election Night, November 6, 2012. French is running against Bob Bell for Senate District J.
Marc Lester
Volunteers celebrate President Barack Obama's victory at the Obama For America-Alaska Office on Fairbanks Street in Anchorage on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
Bill Roth
Rep. Don Young shakes hands with his opponent Sharon Cissna at Election Central at the Dena'ina Center on November 6, 2012 in Anchorage, Alaska.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Rep. Don Young shakes hands with State House candidate Gabrielle LeDoux at Election Central at the Dena'ina Center on November 6, 2012.
Marc Lester
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News Lance Pruitt campaigns along Tudor Road during the afternoon commute on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
Bill Roth
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Jason Christman slides his ballot in the counting machine at the Anchorage Senior Center during the 2012 election on Tuesday, November 6, 2012. 121106
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Dong Chong and Chom Chong receive I Voted Today! stickers from poll worker Richard Lytle at the Anchorage Senior Center during the 2012 election on Tuesday, November 6, 2012. 121106
Bob Hallinen
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News State House candidate Lora Reinbold stands with her supporters at Election Central at the Dena'ina Center on November 6, 2012.
Marc Lester
Volunteers celebrate President Barack Obama's victory at the Obama For America-Alaska Office on Fairbanks Street in Anchorage on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
Bill Roth
Campaign volunteers react to President Barack Obama's victory speech being televised at the Obama For America-Alaska Office on Fairbanks Street in Anchorage on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
Bill Roth
Volunteers celebrate President Barack Obama's victory at the Obama For America-Alaska Office on Fairbanks Street in Anchorage on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
Bill Roth
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News Pete Peterson campaigns during the afternoon commute at the corner of Northern Lights Boulevard and Baxter Road on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
Bill Roth
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Election worker Grace Marquiss helps a voter receive a ballot Tuesday. The voting location at Tudor Elementary School was a place on Tuesday afternoon, November 6, 2012.
Marc Lester
Alaska state director Michelle Meyer and volunteer Carolyn Murray talk about a Obama family portrait while at the Obama For America-Alaska Office on Fairbanks Street in Anchorage on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
Bill Roth
Volunteers celebrate President Barack Obama's victory while at the Obama For America-Alaska Office on Fairbanks Street in Anchorage on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
Bill Roth
Campaign volunteers watch the President Barack Obama's victory speech being televised in the Obama For America-Alaska Office on Fairbanks Street in Anchorage on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
Bill Roth
Volunteers celebrate President Barack Obama's victory at the Obama For America-Alaska Office on Fairbanks Street in Anchorage on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
Bill Roth
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News Campaign volunteers wave signs during the afternoon commute on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
Bill Roth
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Hollis French and Bob Bell supporters waved signs early on Election Day at the corner of Minnesota Drive and Benson Boulevard on Tuesday morning November 6, 2012. 121106
Bob Hallinen
Rep. Don Young shakes hands with his opponent Sharon Cissna at Election Central at the Dena'ina Center on November 6, 2012 in Anchorage, Alaska.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Rep. Don Young shakes hands with State House candidate Gabrielle LeDoux at Election Central at the Dena'ina Center on November 6, 2012.
Marc Lester
Rep. Don Young shakes hands with Orin Seybert in his Anchorage campaign office after the polls closed on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
Bill Roth
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Alaska Lt. Gov. Mead Treadweall talks with Boy Scout Troop 176 about the Alaska State Constitution at Election Central at the Dena'ina Convention Center on Election Night, November 6, 2012.
Marc Lester
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News Campaign volunteers wave signs during the afternoon commute on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
Bill Roth
Kelly Hughes helps hand out coffee and donuts inside a large heated tent in front of the UAA Student Union on Tuesday morning, November 6, 2012. Inside the heated tent, visitors can watch election results roll in until 11pm this evening. "Election Tentral," as it is being called, is hosted by UAA's Student Union and Commuter Student Services.
Marc Lester
Campaign volunteers react to President Barack Obama's victory speech being televised at the Obama For America-Alaska Office on Fairbanks Street in Anchorage on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
Bill Roth
Volunteers celebrate President Barack Obama's victory at the Obama For America-Alaska Office on Fairbanks Street in Anchorage on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
Bill Roth
Volunteers celebrate President Barack Obama's victory at the Obama For America-Alaska Office on Fairbanks Street in Anchorage on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
Bill Roth
Volunteers celebrate President Barack Obama's victory at the Obama For America-Alaska Office on Fairbanks Street in Anchorage on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
Bill Roth
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News Senate candidate Anna Fairclough campaigns at the corner of Northern Lights Boulevard and Baxter Road during the afternoon commute on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
Bill Roth
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Lindsey Holmes and supporters waved signs in support of her reelection to the Alaska state house early on Election Day at the corner of Minnesota Drive and Benson Boulevard on Tuesday morning November 6, 2012. 121106
Bob Hallinen
Campaign volunteers watch the President Barack Obama's victory speech being televised in the Obama For America-Alaska Office on Fairbanks Street in Anchorage on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
Bill Roth
Volunteers celebrate President Barack Obama's victory at the Obama For America-Alaska Office on Fairbanks Street in Anchorage on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
Bill Roth
A cut out of President Barack Obama at the Obama For America-Alaska Office on Fairbanks Street in Anchorage on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
Bill Roth
Malcolm Roberts celebrates President Barack Obama's victory at the Obama For America-Alaska Office on Fairbanks Street in Anchorage on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
Bill Roth
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News Pete Peterson campaigns during the afternoon commute at the corner of Northern Lights Boulevard and Baxter Road on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
Bill Roth
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Bob Bell and supporters waved signs in support of his election bid for the Alaska State Senate early on Election Day at the corner of Minnesota Drive and Benson Boulevard on Tuesday morning November 6, 2012. 121106
Bob Hallinen
Rep. Don Young shakes hands with Orin Seybert in his Anchorage campaign office after the polls closed on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
Bill Roth
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Alaska Lt. Gov. Mead Treadweall talks with Boy Scout Troop 176 about the Alaska State Constitution at Election Central at the Dena'ina Convention Center on Election Night, November 6, 2012.
Marc Lester
Obama volunteers react to Mitt Romney's concession speech while at the Obama For America-Alaska Office on Fairbanks Street in Anchorage on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
Bill Roth
Volunteers watch President Barack Obama's victory speech on television in Anchorage on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
Bill Roth
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News Campaign volunteers wave signs during the afternoon commute on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
Bill Roth
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Bob Bell and supporters waved signs in support of his election bid for the Alaska State Senate early on Election Day at the corner of Minnesota Drive and Benson Boulevard on Tuesday morning November 6, 2012. 121106
Bob Hallinen
Volunteers celebrate President Barack Obama's victory at the Obama For America-Alaska Office on Fairbanks Street in Anchorage on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
Bill Roth
Volunteers celebrate President Barack Obama's victory at the Obama For America-Alaska Office on Fairbanks Street in Anchorage on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
Bill Roth
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News State House candidate Gabrielle LeDoux hugs a supporter at Election Central at the Dena'ina Center on November 6, 2012.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Berta Gardner hugs Hollis French at Snow City Cafe on Election Night, November 6, 2012. Both are candidates for State Senate.
Marc Lester
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News House candidate Kay Rollison wore a beaver hat and mittens as she campaigned during the afternoon commute on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
Bill Roth
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Bob Bell and supporters waved signs in support of his election bid for the Alaska State Senate early on Election Day at the corner of Minnesota Drive and Benson Boulevard on Tuesday morning November 6, 2012. 121106
Bob Hallinen
A cut out of President Barack Obama at the Obama For America-Alaska Office on Fairbanks Street in Anchorage on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
Bill Roth
Malcolm Roberts celebrates President Barack Obama's victory at the Obama For America-Alaska Office on Fairbanks Street in Anchorage on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
Bill Roth
Obama volunteers react to Mitt Romney's concession speech while at the Obama For America-Alaska Office on Fairbanks Street in Anchorage on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
Bill Roth
Volunteers react to President Barack Obama's victory speech being televised at the Obama For America-Alaska Office on Fairbanks Street in Anchorage on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
Bill Roth
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News Matt Schultis waves an Alaska flag during the afternoon commute on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
Bill Roth
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Hollis French and supporters waved signs in support of his reelection to the Alaska State Senate early on Election Day at the corner of Minnesota Drive and Benson Boulevard on Tuesday morning November 6, 2012. 121106
Bob Hallinen
Obama volunteers react to Mitt Romney's concession speech while at the Obama For America-Alaska Office on Fairbanks Street in Anchorage on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
Bill Roth
Volunteers watch President Barack Obama's victory speech on television in Anchorage on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
Bill Roth
Obama volunteers react to Mitt Romney's concession speech while at the Obama For America-Alaska Office on Fairbanks Street in Anchorage on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
Bill Roth
Volunteers watch President Barack Obama's victory speech being televised at the Obama For America-Alaska Office on Fairbanks Street in Anchorage on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
Bill Roth
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News State Senator Bill Wielechowski campaigns at the corner of Boniface Parkway and DeBarr Road during the afternoon commute on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
Bill Roth
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Hollis French and supporters waved signs in support of his reelection to the Alaska State Senate early on Election Day at the corner of Minnesota Drive and Benson Boulevard on Tuesday morning November 6, 2012. 121106
Bob Hallinen
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News State House candidate Gabrielle LeDoux hugs a supporter at Election Central at the Dena'ina Center on November 6, 2012.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Berta Gardner hugs Hollis French at Snow City Cafe on Election Night, November 6, 2012. Both are candidates for State Senate.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Rep. Don Young greets supporters at Election Central at the Dena'ina Center on November 6, 2012.
Marc Lester
Volunteers watch President Barack Obama's victory speech being televised at the Obama For America-Alaska Office on Fairbanks Street in Anchorage on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
Bill Roth
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Mike Naumann signs in before receiving his ballot Tuesday. The voting location at Tudor Elementary School was a place on Tuesday afternoon, November 6, 2012.
Marc Lester

In the fight for the state House of Representatives, voters were making choices that will maintain Republican control.

With most of the vote in on Tuesday night, Republicans were edging out Democrats in more than half the 26 districts with contested races.

But a few races could flip the other way. A young Democrat from Sitka who has never run for office was making a strong run against one of the Legislature's most powerful members, Bill Thomas, who co-chairs the House Finance Committee.

While all 40 House members were up for re-election this year, 10 Republicans and four Democrats ran unopposed in Tuesday's general election. A number of other sitting legislators faced only nominal opposition. Currently in the House, 22 Republicans and four Bush Democrats make up the GOP-run majority.

Thirty of the 40 House districts count more Republican registered voters than Democrats.

Still, in every district, nonaffiliated voters and those who don't want to declare a party outnumber the partisans.

At least four other incumbents from around the state were destined to lose their jobs in the Legislature. New district boundaries put them in the same district as another legislator. Republicans were winning over the Democrats in three of those races, including an East Anchorage contest.

The result still will be a dramatically different House with a number of fresh faces in Juneau. Of eight open House seats, Republicans were leading or won in five. But Democrats won three of open House seats in Anchorage.

Some key races:

 

ANCHORAGE, EAGLE RIVER

•With all precincts reporting in Muldoon's District 25, first-term Rep. Lance Pruitt, a Republican, had a 97-vote lead over Rep. Pete Petersen, a Democratic two-term incumbent. This was the biggest money House race this year, with Petersen raising more than $100,000 and Pruitt pulling in nearly $120,000.

• In the fight for an open seat in the university and Midtown area, new District 15, Democrat Andy Josephson, an attorney and son of former state Sen. Joe Josephson, was leading Anchorage Assembly member Dick Traini, a Republican. Josephson was the big spender here, with more than $71,000, including support from the Democratic Party, attorneys, and the liquor lobby, to Traini's $19,000, which came from unions, builders, developers, and the oil industry. The Republican establishment never got behind Traini, though.

• In District 16, which includes Spenard and Rogers Park, Anchorage Assemblywoman Harriet Drummond, a Democrat and former Anchorage School Board member, stomped Republican Jimmy Crawford, a fourth generation Alaskan. Democratic Rep. Berta Gardner gave up the seat, in a district with slightly more Democrats than Republicans, to run for state Senate.

• In Mountain View and Airport Heights, District 17, Democrat Geran Tarr won over Republican Cean Stevens with most of the precincts in. Tarr is a UAA instructor and former legislative aide. The seat opened up when Democratic Rep. Sharon Cissna made a run for Congress.

• Former state Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux, a Republican, was trouncing Democrat Kay Rollison with most of the precincts in for the open seat in District 13, a Republican-heavy area that includes the Air Force side of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and parts of Muldoon. LeDoux, a former Kodiak Island Borough mayor, amassed $108,000 in campaign contributions, far more than Rollison, a consultant who works for various interests including Alyeska Pipeline Service Company.

• In Eagle River Valley's District 26, where Republicans outnumber Democrats 4-to-1, Lora Reinbold, the Republican candidate, beat Democrat Roberta Goughnour. Reinbold, who serves on her community council board as well as the local parks board, also won the fund-raising battle, with some $82,000 in contributions over Goughnour's $15,000.

• Elsewhere, Republican Reps. Mia Costello, Bob Lynn, Charisse Millett and Craig Johnson were out in front in their races, as were Democratic Reps. Max Gruenberg, Les Gara, Lindsey Holmes and Chris Tuck. Republicans Mike Hawker, whose district stretches to Girdwood, Dan Saddler of Eagle River and Bill Stoltze of Chugiak were unopposed.

 

SOUTHEAST

• With all precincts counted, political newcomer Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins, a Democrat, had a slim 44-vote lead over four-term Republican Rep. Bill Thomas in District 34, which includes Sitka, Haines, Hoonah and Angoon. But the race was too close to call.• In the new District 33, Republican Rep. Peggy Wilson of Wrangell defeated Ketchikan's Kyle Johansen, who ran as an independent. Johansen, once a rising Republican star, fell out with the House leadership two years ago. The Democrat in this heavily Republican district was Matt Olsen of Ketchikan.

 

FAIRBANKS

• In one closely watched race, Democratic Rep. David Guttenberg of Fairbanks was ahead of Republican Rep. Alan Dick,a retired teacher from Nenana, but not enough votes were in to call a winner. The huge District 38 stretches from Ester and Goldstream to the Southwestern Alaska villages of Hooper Bay, Emmonak, and Chevak and also takes in Ruby, McGrath and Nenana. The wild card was independent candidate Dorothy Shockley, a former aide to Sen. Albert Kookesh.

• Also in the Fairbanks area, Republican Rep. Tammie Wilson of North Pole beat Democratic Rep. Bob Miller of Fairbanks in District 2. Republicans outnumber Democrats almost 3-to-1 in the district, which includes Farmers Loop and Two Rivers.

• The race for an open seat in heavily Republican North Pole, the new District 1, saw Republican Doug Isaacson beat Democrat Janice Golub, an officer in the Alaska Army National Guard.

• In District 5, which includes Chena Ridge and the university area of Fairbanks, Republican Pete Higgins, a dentist, won over Democrat David Watts, a retiree, for another open seat.

• Elsewhere in Fairbanks, Rep. Scott Kawasaki, a Democrat, was holding off a challenge by real estate broker David Pruhs, a Republican who outraised the incumbent $104,000 to $72,000.

 

MAT-SU, ELSEWHERE

• In greater Wasilla, where District 9 offered opportunity with an open seat, Republican Lynn Gattis, a hay farmer and landlord, beat Democrat Blake Merrifield with all precincts counted. Gattis outraised him by nearly 2-to-1.

Elsewhere, Republican Reps. Eric Feige of Chickaloon, Mark Neuman of Wasilla, and Paul Seaton of Homer were fending off challenges, as was Democrat Bryce Edgmon of Dillingman. But many votes were still out in Edgmon's contest. Republican Reps. Wes Keller of Wasilla, Shelley Hughes of Palmer, Mike Chenault of Nikiski, and Kurt Olson of Soldotna were unopposed. So were Democratic Reps. Bob Herron of Bethel and Neal Foster of Nome. Democrat Bennie Nageak of Barrow also faced no GOP opposition.

 

 

2012 Unofficial General Election Results
By LISA DEMER
ldemer@adn.com