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Mat-Su GOP incumbents hold leads

Rindi White
Ethan Berkowitz who is running for the US House of Representatives seat currently held by Rep. Don Young at a primary election party for Berkowitz at Snow City Cafe on Tuesday August 26. 2008.
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Hannah Berkowitz, 7 years old, only has eyes for her dad Ethan Berkowitz who is running for the US House of Representatives seat currently held by Rep. Don Young. Hannah and her friend Cybelle Wolters, 6 years, are at a primary election party for Berkowitz at Snow City Cafe on Tuesday August 26. 2008. 080826
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Ethan Berkowitz who is running for the US House of Representatives seat currently held by Rep. Don Young at a primary election party for Berkowitz at Snow City Cafe on Tuesday August 26. 2008.
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Sen. Ted Stevens, right, and Sen. Lisa Murkowski celebrate Stevens' apparent victory at his campaign headquarters election evening Tuesday August 26, 2008 on Fireweed Lane.
Sen. Ted Stevens poses with supporters Shari Spitzer, left, Allison Spitzer, 17, and Royce Harrell at campaign headquarters while awaiting results election evening Tuesday August 26, 2008 on Fireweed Lane.
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Ethan Berkowitz who is running for the US House of Representatives seat currently held by Rep. Don Young at a primary election party for Berkowitz at Snow City Cafe on Tuesday August 26. 2008.
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Obama supporter Sam Schneidman holds up a sign while US Senator Ted Stevens supporters Try to block it while Stevens talks with TV reporters at the Egan Center on election night Tuesday August 26, 2008.
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Sen. Ted Stevens discusses the presidential election with budding political junkie Lona Sudduth, 17, left and Wenda Sudduth at his campaign headquarters while awaiting results election evening Tuesday August 26, 2008 on Fireweed Lane. "This was her birthday wish to see Sen. Stevens and ask him about presidential candidates," said mom Wenda.
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Ethan Berkowitz who is running for the US House of Representatives seat currently held by Rep. Don Young at a primary election party for Berkowitz at Snow City Cafe on Tuesday August 26. 2008.
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US Senator Ted Stevens at the Egan Center on election night Tuesday August 26, 2008.
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Dave Cuddy waves to commuters during Tuesday night's rush hour at Northern Lights and the Seward Highway.Four ballot measures as well as primaries for US House representative and US Senate were on the ballot August 26, 2008.
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US Senator Ted Stevens supporter Janel Causey waves a sign at the Egan Center on election night Tuesday August 26, 2008.
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Jim Duffield encourages drivers to vote no on ballot measure 4 surrounded by supporters of the measure, during Tuesday night's rush hour at Northern Lights and the Seward Highway. Four ballot measures as well as primaries for US House representative and US Senate were on the ballot August 26, 2008.
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Former Gov. Bill Sheffield stops by to congratulate Sen. Ted Stevens at his campaign headquarters election evening Tuesday August 26, 2008 on Fireweed Lane.
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Katie Lease sports a killer whale hat while supporting ballot measure 4 during Tuesday night's rush hour at Northern Lights and the Seward Highway. Four ballot measures as well as primaries for US House representative and US Senate were on the ballot August 26, 2008.
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Anchorage mayor Mark Begich chats with Harriet Beleal of Sitka after he was handed a cell phone by Beleal's daughter Lynette Moreno-Hinz Tuesday evening August 26, 2008 at election central at the Egan Center. His wife Deborah Bonito stands by.
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Uwe Kalenka (right) waves at commuters during Tuesday night's rush hour at Benson and the Seward Highway. Kalenka is running for state house district 24. Four ballot measures as well as primaries for US House representative and US Senate were on the ballot August 26, 2008.
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Ethan Berkowitz who is running for the US House of Representatives seat currently held by Rep. Don Young gets a kiss from his wife Mara Kimmel at a primary election party for Berkowitz at Snow City Cafe on Tuesday August 26. 2008.
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A supporter of Ballot Measure Number 3 in the Alaska primary election waves a sign along with other candidate supporters on the corner of College Road and University Avenue in Fairbanks, Alaska, on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2008. Measure No. 3 if passed would create a voluntary program of public funding for state election campaigns.
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Sen. Ted Stevens, flanked by former House speaker Gail Phillips, left, and Sen. Lisa Murkowski, watches early returns at his campaign headquarters election evening Tuesday August 26, 2008 on Fireweed Lane.
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Supporters and a few opponents of ballot measure 4 try to get drivers attention during Tuesday night's rush hour at Northern Lights and the Seward Highway. Four ballot measures as well as primaries for US House representative and US Senate were on the ballot August 26, 2008.
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Sen. Ted Stevens celebrates with supporters as early returns come in at his campaign headquarters election evening Tuesday August 26, 2008 on Fireweed Lane. Former House speaker Gail Phillips, left, and Sen. Lisa Murkowski, right, were among those paying respects.
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Ted Steven's supporters encourage drivers to vote during Tuesday night's rush hour at Northern Lights and the Seward Highway. Four ballot measures as well as primaries for US House representative and US Senate were on the ballot August 26, 2008.
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US Senator Ted Stevens and Democratic Challenger Mark Begich shake hands at the Egan Center on election night Tuesday August 26, 2008.
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Sen. Ted Stevens, right, and Sen. Lisa Murkowski celebrate Stevens' apparent victory at his campaign headquarters election evening Tuesday August 26, 2008 on Fireweed Lane.
Photo by ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
Mark Begich campaign signs await unloading from a car at his primary election night party at the Anchor Pub in downtown Anchorage on Tuesday August 26, 2008. Begich is running for the democratic nomination for the US Senate seat currently held by Ted Stevens.
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Sandy Parnell and Sean Parnell at his headquarters on Tuesday August 26, 2008 after Sandy Parnell gave a television interview.
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Sen. Ted Stevens celebrates with supporters at his campaign headquarters election evening Tuesday August 26, 2008 on Fireweed Lane.
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Rachel Saul and Shiran Zohar bring in Mark Begich campaign signs to his primary election night party at the Anchor Pub in downtown Anchorage on Tuesday August 26, 2008. Begich is running for the democratic nomination for the US Senate seat currently held by Ted Stevens.
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Sean Parnell and and supporter look at early election results at his headquarters on Tuesday August 26, 2008.
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Sen. Ted Stevens, left, and Anchorage mahyor Mark Begich greet each other after winning their primaries to face off against each other in the upcoming general election Tuesday evening August 26, 2008 at election central at the Egan Center.
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State Rep. Carl Gatto, center, waves to passing motorists as his primary opponent David Parks, left and his supporters Brenda Arney and Cathy Endes stand opposite at the intersection of the Glenn and Palmer-Wasilla Highways in Palmer on Tuesday, August 26, 2008.
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US Senator Ted Stevens at the Egan Center on election night Tuesday August 26, 2008.
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Sen. Ted Stevens chats with supporters at his campaign headquarters while awaiting results election evening Tuesday August 26, 2008 on Fireweed Lane.
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State Rep. Carl Gatto waves to passing motorists at the corner of the Glenn and Palmer-Wasilla Highways in Palmer on Tuesday, August 26, 2008.
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Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich talks with TV reporters at the Egan Center on election night Tuesday August 26, 2008.
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Ethan Berkowitz who is running for the US House of Representatives seat currently held by Rep. Don Young talks with supporters Bonnie and Roger Marcil at a primary election party for Berkowitz at Snow City Cafe on Tuesday August 26. 2008.
Photo by BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Sign wavers work to get out the vote during Tuesday night's rush hour at Northern Lights and the Seward Highway. Four ballot measures as well as primaries for US House representative and US Senate were on the ballot August 26, 2008.
Photo by ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
Ethan Berkowitz who is running for the US House of Representatives seat currently held by Rep. Don Young at a primary election party for Berkowitz at Snow City Cafe on Tuesday August 26. 2008.
Photo by BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Ethan Berkowitz, who is running for the US House of Representatives seat currently held by Rep. Don Young, his wife Mara Kimmel and daughter Hannah Berowitz Kimmel at a primary election party for Berkowitz at Snow City Cafe on Tuesday August 26. 2008.
Photo by BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Don Young supporters work to get out the vote during Tuesday night's rush hour along the Seward Highway. Four ballot measures as well as primaries for US House representative and US Senate were on the ballot August 26, 2008.
Photo by ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News

WASILLA -- Three Mat-Su Republican incumbents racing to keep their House seats faced primary election challengers. All three had strong leads in early returns Tuesday night.

Rep. Mark Neuman, representing District 15 in northern Mat-Su, faced challenger April Moore of Trapper Creek. With two-thirds of the votes in, Neuman had a commanding lead. If the numbers hold, Neuman will face Democrat Lew Dischner in the general election.

In the Palmer-area District 13, Rep. Carl Gatto was in a three-way race against David Parks and Florence Scott. With two-thirds of the votes counted, Gatto had a strong lead. The winner will face Democrat contender David Cheezem in the general election.

Rep. Bill Stoltze, running for re-election in Chugiak/Mat-Su District 16, faced two Butte-area challengers: J.D. Hatley and Kent Hermon. With all but one precinct counted, Stoltze was in a winning position late Tuesday night. The winner faces Democrat Beverly Serrano in the general election.

Find Daily News reporter Rindi White online at adn.com/contact/rwhite or call her in Wasilla at 1-907-352-6709.

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By RINDI WHITE
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