Island voters back Republicans

A Kodiak voter casts their ballot Tuesday afternoon at the Teen Center.  

Unofficial election results published by the Division of Elections Wednesday morning show that Kodiak voters overwhelmingly supported the Republican candidates in each of the state and U.S. House races, as well as for president. 

As of Wednesday morning, 4,022 votes had been counted in House District 32, which includes Kodiak. This accounted for 28% of registered voters, compared to 7,540 votes (58.28% voter turnout) in the 2016 general election. 

In the race for Alaska Senate, incumbent Gary Stevens (R-Kodiak) maintained a statewide lead over his challenger, independent candidate Greg Madden, by winning 63% of statewide votes compared to Madden’s 36%. 

In Kodiak, Stevens collected 2,500 votes, while Madden tallied 1,340. 

Stevens said he appreciated the support of the community, and described this year’s campaign as “odd.”

He said he had concerns about how the state House of Representatives was made up, noting that many new state lawmakers had run on a platform of paying out a full Permanent Fund Dividend. 

“There are 13 changes in the House. Those 13 legislators who have not been in the Legislature before,” Stevens said, adding that it will “be an education” for those who ran on the promise of a $3,000 dividend.

As of Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK) maintained a significant lead over Al Gross, an independent running as the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate. Sullivan had 63% of statewide votes compared to 31% for Gross. 

Despite Gross’ lag in votes, he maintained that the race was still competitive. 

“In the coming days, you will continue to see me talking about counting votes — because tonight is just the beginning of that process,” Gross said in a speech to his supporters Tuesday night. “And when every vote has been counted, we will win.”

Gross won 1,293 of Kodiak’s votes, compared to 2,410 for Sullivan. 

In the race for the U.S. House of Representatives, Republican incumbent Don Young held a 28% statewide lead over independent candidate Alyse Galvin, whom he defeated two years ago. During that election, Galvin had come closer to winning the seat than any candidate in the last 30 years. 

As of Wednesday morning, Young was leading in Kodiak with 694 votes more than Galvin had received. 

However, Galvin said in a statement that it was too early to determine a winner in Alaska’s at-large congressional race with 110,000 votes yet to be counted as of Tuesday night and at least 87,000 mail-in ballots that will not be counted until Nov. 10. 

“I am greatly encouraged by the record number of Alaskans who came out and made their voices heard at the ballot box during this election,” Galvin said. “I am optimistic as we wait for the remaining ballots to be counted.”

Young, the longest-serving representative in U.S. Congress, said in an email that his campaign felt “very good” about the election. 

“This campaign has never been about Don Young — it has always been about who can get the job done and fight for Alaska. I’m looking forward to continuing my service on behalf of our great state in the 117th Congress,” he wrote. 

For state House of Representatives, Republican incumbent Louise Stutes ran unopposed for a seat she has held since 2015. 

The ballot measures showed lack of support statewide, with 64% of voters voting against Ballot Measure 1, which would increase taxes on Alaska’s biggest oil company. For Ballot Measure 2, 56% of voters voted in opposition. The measure would institute open primaries and establish a ranked choice voting system. 

In Kodiak, however, the majority of voters supported Ballot Measure No. 2, with 1,960 of the votes in support compared to 1,848 against. 

President Donald Trump garnered 2,518 votes in Kodiak, while 1,275 voters picked Democratic candidate Joe Biden. 

These results will remain unofficial until after Nov. 10, when the state will start counting absentee ballots and the votes are reviewed by the State Review Board. 

(1) comment

colin+katie

This seems misleading, as only an estimated %50 of ballots statewide in Alaska have been counted. These "results" are not only unofficial, they are very incomplete. There are still many, many absentee ballots yet to be counted, which may or may not reflect the same outcomes that the current totals suggest. Is the Daily Mirror calling election outcomes now?

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