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Republicans seize control of the state Senate

Richard Mauer
Rep. Don Young greets supporters at Election Central at the Dena'ina Center on November 6, 2012 in Anchorage, Alaska.
Marc Lester
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 Gabrielle LeDoux hugs a supporter at Election Central at the Dena'ina Center on 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
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 Rep. Don Young greets supporters at Election Central at the Dena'ina Center on 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
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
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 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 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
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 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
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
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
Volunteers watch President Barack Obama's victory speech on television in Anchorage on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
Bill Roth
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
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 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 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 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 Kristin Kranendonk campaigns during the afternoon commute 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
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
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
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News Lance Pruitt campaigns along Tudor Road during the afternoon commute 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
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News Campaign volunteers wave signs during the afternoon commute 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
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
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
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News Campaign volunteers wave signs during the afternoon commute on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
Bill Roth
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
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News Matt Schultis waves an Alaska flag during the afternoon commute 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
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
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 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 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
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Voting was steady at the Anchorage Senior Center for election 2012 on Tuesday, November 6, 2012. 121106
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Voting was steady at the Anchorage Senior Center for election 2012 on Tuesday, November 6, 2012. 121106
Bob Hallinen
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Rep. Don Young greets supporters at Election Central at the Dena'ina Center on November 6, 2012 in Anchorage, Alaska.
Marc Lester
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 Gabrielle LeDoux hugs a supporter at Election Central at the Dena'ina Center on 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
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 Rep. Don Young greets supporters at Election Central at the Dena'ina Center on 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
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
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 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 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
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 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
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
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
Volunteers watch President Barack Obama's victory speech on television in Anchorage on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
Bill Roth
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
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 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 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 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

Republicans, with an assist from the state's redistricting board, completed the make-over of the Alaska Senate in election results Tuesday, turning the Democrats into a minority party after four years of 10-10 bipartisan split.

The partisan split was headed toward a 13-7 Republican majority. That would be a defeat for the state's unions and the oil-industry watchdog Backbone, which had hoped for closer parity and shared power between the two parties.

The Senate could still be controlled by a coalition, but Republicans are in position to be firmly in charge if they can bridge their own internal divisions.

Four Democrats in the Senate's bipartisan coalition were defeated Tuesday. The Republican primary in August had previously taken out two of the Republican members of the coalition.

Sen. Bettye Davis, a longtime Anchorage Democrat redistricted into a heavily Republican district that included Eagle River, lost to Rep. Anna Fairclough. In Fairbanks, Democratic Sen. Joe Thomas, placed into the same district with Republican John Coghill, also was defeated. So was Democrat Joe Paskvan, defeated by former Rep. Pete Kelly.

Democratic Sen. Hollis French appeared to defeat Republican Bob Bell by 249 votes with all 15 precincts counted, along with an unknown number of early-voter ballots an unknown number of absentee and questioned ballots are still out.

And in Southeast, where two coalition members, a Democrat and Republican, were put into the same district, Sen. Bert Stedman, R-Sitka, beat Sen. Albert Kookish, D-Angoon.

Alaska's big election battleground was the state Senate, which for the last four years has been split 10-10 between Republicans and Democrats. A coalition of 10 Democrats and six Republicans ran the Senate, and they shut down the effort by Gov. Sean Parnell and the Alaska House to lower oil taxes by as much as $2 billion a year.

Parnell and the House said the cut was necessary to convince industry to drill more wells in old fields and get more oil in the trans-Alaska pipeline. Senators said the cut was too deep and would be given to producers regardless of whether they drilled more or stood pat. The senators in the coalition generally agreed that taxes should be reduced, but only in return for more investment by producers.

Parnell appeared buoyed by the results.

"The opportunity is here to create a tax climate that increases production," he said.

Here's district-by-district voting:

 

• District F (Eagle River, Fort Richardson, Chugiak, the Butte): Incumbent Sen. Fred Dyson, a Republican who refused to join the bipartisan coalition and instead served with the minority, cruised to victory. He faced Democrat Martin Lindeke, who called himself the Rogue Candidate when he ran for the House in 2010. This will be Dyson's fourth term in the Senate after serving three terms in the House.

 

District G (Muldoon, College Gate, Russian Jack, Elmendorf): This was one of the most hotly contested Senate seats. Incumbent Sen. Bill Wielechowski, a Democrat and a leading member of the bipartisan coalition, beat Bob Roses, a Republican and former president of the Alaska Education Association.

 

District H (University, Spenard, Rogers Park): In this new district without an incumbent and in which the redistricting board placed a nearly equal number of Democrats and Republicans, Democratic Rep. Berta Gardner beat Don Smith, a Republican. Gardner served four terms in the Alaska House. Smith, who served in the House from 1967-1968, campaigned as the "father" of the Anchorage tax cap, passed by voters in 1982.

 

• District I (Mountain View, Airport Heights, Downtown). Incumbent Sen. Johnny Elllis, a Democrat and member of the bipartisan coalition, was elected to his sixth Senate term after facing token opposition from cold-fusion advocate Paul Kendall, a Republican.

 

District J (West Anchorage, Turnagain, Sand Lake): This district has one of the key Senate races, with French, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, against Bell. French was one of the leading opponents of Parnell's oil-tax cuts; while Bell said he wouldn't automatically vote for the governor's plan, he was heavily backed by the oil industry and its supporters.

 

District K (Oceanview, Bayshore, Taku, Midtown): Sen. Lesil McGuire, a Republican veteran of two terms in the Senate and three in the House and a strong advocate of energy projects, easily defeated Democrat Roselynn Cacy. Cacy is a literacy advocate who came to Alaska in 1966 as a Vista volunteer in the early days of the War on Poverty program.

 

• District L (Huffman, Lower Hillside, Abbott): Sen. Kevin Meyer, another veteran who served as majority leader of the bipartisan coalition, cruised to victory over Democrat Jake Hale. Republicans outnumber Democrats in the well-off South Anchorage district by more than 2 to 1.

 

District M (Basher, East Anchorage, Eagle River Valley): Long-term legislator Davis was redistricted from a fairly safe Anchorage district to one that included a majority of Republicans from conservative Eagle River, and her defeat was not surprising. Davis had been elected to six terms in the House and Senate, served 11 years on the Anchorage School Board, and was the only African-American in the Alaska Legislature. Her opponent, Fairclough, had been elected to three House terms and served on the Anchorage Assembly from 1999 to 2006.

 

District N (South Anchorage, Nikiski, Seward): Incumbent Sen. Cathy Giessel, one of four members of the conservative Republican minority, faced a surprisingly tough challenge by an independent, Ron Devon, a former retail store owner, but voters sided with her. Giessel objected to the bipartisan coalition and supported conservative social issues; Devon said he would join a coalition if it was in the best interest of his district, supported the coalition's position on oil taxes, and opposed Giessel's stands on abortion and school vouchers.

 

District A (North Pole, Eielson, Fairbanks): Unions poured huge sums into Thomas' campaign, while business interests and social conservatives supported Coghill.

 

District B (Fairbanks City): Paskvan, a leader in the bipartisan coalition's efforts to block the governor's oil-tax bill, faced a tough campaign against Kelly.

 

District C (Fairbanks, Delta, Valdez): Redistricting created this open seat in which Republican Click Bishop won easily against Democrat Anne Sudkamp. During his hotly contested Republican primary campaign, Bishop said he would join a bipartisan coalition if it helped his district.

 

• District D (Rural Mat-Su, Talkeetna, Willow): Republican Mike Dunleavy was unopposed after knocking off Menard in the primary. She had been a member of the coalition.

 

District E (Wasilla, Big Lake, Point MacKenzie): Incumbent Sen. Charlie Huggins, a Republican member of the Senate minority, took a strong lead against Susan Parsons Herman, a licensed massage therapist.

 

District O (Kenai, Soldotna, Homer, Ninilchik): Soldotna Mayor Peter Micciche, a Republican, was unopposed after beating Tom Wagoner, a member of coalition, in the Republican primary.

 

District P (Mendenhall Valley, Juneau, Skagway): Sen. Dennis Egan, a Democrat, was the only senator who didn't have to stand for election because his old district was almost the same as his current one.

 

District Q (Ketchikan, Wrangell, Sitka, Hoonah): Stedman, who as co-chair of the Senate Finance Committee led the campaign against the governor's tax plan, had the advantage in terms of party registration over Kookesh. Stedman, from Sitka, is a financial services professional; Kookesh, from Angoon, is chairman of the Sealaska Corp.

 

District R (Kodiak, Cordova, Naknek, Whittier): Sen. Gary Stevens of Kodiak, the Senate president for the last four years of the bipartisan coalition, beat Democrat Robert Heinrichs of Cordova.

 

District S (Bethel, Aleutians, Nenana, Tanana): Democrat Lyman Hoffman, a strong advocate of funding for rural projects, was unopposed.

 

District T (Interior villages, Nome, Tok, Barrow, Kotzebue): Incumbent Donny Olson of Nome, a Democrat who joined conservative Republicans on social issues like abortion, won against Allen Minish, a Republican from Chitina.

 

Reach Richard Mauer at rmauer@adn.com or 257-4345.

 

 

2012 Unofficial General Election Results
By RICHARD MAUER
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