As many predicted, U.S. GOP candidate Dan Sullivan was the winner in the primary election on Tuesday night. He’ll now take on Sen. Mark Begich in the general election. As of 1:30 a.m, with about 20 percent of the vote yet to be counted–not including absentee ballots–Sullivan was leading the race by eight percentage points against Joe Miller. He was leading 15 points against Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell.
Sullivan, who has laryngitis and couldn’t speak, whispered in his wife’s ear as she thanked the crowd who had gathered at a downtown Anchorage restaurant late on Tuesday night. It had been a long day for Sullivan. He campaigned all day and also gave the eulogy at the funeral of a close friend.
Earlier in the evening, Treadwell gave a concession speech at the Egan Center, where campaigns normally converge after results are clear. “I don’t feel that Alaska abandoned me because I haven’t abandoned Alaska,” Treadwell said. Treadwell said the goal now was to beat Sen. Mark Begich and that he and Sullivan had talked and that they would “get together very soon.”
In a press release, Miller said that he had called Sullivan and congratulated him for “running a strong campaign.”
It’s unclear how involved Miller will be in the upcoming race, although he did signal that he wasn’t disappearing from public life.
“As Ronald Reagan reminded us, ‘Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction,’ so I will continue to do my part to ensure it is alive and well and passed on to the next generation of Americans,” Miller said.
In a statement, Sullivan said that he was “grateful” to Treadwell and Miller. “Joe and Mead both ran good campaigns. Julie and I respect their convictions, their families, and all who believe in our desire for change in Washington,” he said.
I’ll have more on this and other races tomorrow. Until then, here are a few of note:
As of 1 a.m, with about 80 percent of the precincts reporting, the “No” side of Ballot Measure 1 was beating the “Yes” by about four percentage points, or roughly 6,000 votes. This also was not unexpected. Those urging a “No” vote had put upwards of $14 million into the race to keep the tax law passed in 2013 on the books. Most of that money came from ConocoPhillips, Exxon, and BP.
Senate District F stretching from Chugiak to Palmer: This was the only contested state Senate race. Rep. Bill Stoltze won decisively against Palmer Mayor DeLana Johnson, about 71 to 29 percent.
House District 9 in the Mat-Su and into Valdez: In the biggest upset in the state races, Rep. Eric Feige lost his seat to either Jim Colver or George Rauscher. Colver, who was heavily financed by unions and worked extraordinarily hard, is up about 40 votes in that race. Rauscher was endorsed by the conservative Christian group, Alaska Family Action.
House District 21 in Turnagain/West Anchorage: Anand Dubey surprised many by winning this race so decisively. He had 60 percent of the vote to Matt Fagnani’s 40 percent.
House District 12 in Wasilla: Cathy Tilton won big against Ron Arvin, 64 percent to Arvin’s 36 percent.
House District 36 in Ketchikan goes to Chere Klein who had 44 percent of the vote in a three-way race.
House District 32 in Kodiak and Cordova goes to Louise Stutes, who got 45 percent of the vote in a three-way race.
House District 3 in North Pole: Rep. Tammie Wilson got 55 percent to Rep. Doug Isaacson’s 45 percent.
It’s worthy of note that all the women running in the contested House primaries won their races.
Read completely results here.
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