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Alaska elections update: Ballot Measure 2 passes

Published: Nov. 19, 2020 at 5:00 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The Alaska Division of Elections released the final results of the 2020 election on Wednesday, November 18th. This year’s general election saw over 60% voter turnout.

Republicans Dan Sullivan and Don Young will hang on to their respective seats in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, following the concessions of Dr. Al Gross and Alyse Galvin.

President Donald Trump has also carried Alaska at 53%, earning the state’s 3 electoral votes.

In the races for House Districts one through five, incumbents all held onto their seats.

Republican Bart LeBon carried District 1 with 55% of the vote, while Republican Steve Thompson held his seat with 70%.

Mike Prax, running unopposed, will continue as District 3′s representative.

Democrats Grier Hopkins from District 4 and Adam Wool from district 5 maintained their positions with 54% and 53% of the vote respectively.

In the 5-way race for Dave Talerico’s District 6 seat, Republican Mike Cronk won with 56%.

In Senate Seat B, Robert Myers maintained his decisive lead, coming in at 57%.

Ballot Measure 1 failed with 58% of voters opting against a change to the state’s oil tax structure.

However, Ballot Measure 2, which amends campaign finance laws, opens the state’s primary elections, and brings ranked-choice voting to the general election, fared differently. The measure currently stands at a “YES” by more than 3 thousand votes, with 50.55%.

District 5 Representative Wool, a supporter of Measure 2, explained his reaction to the results. “I’m glad people took the chance on a new approach to elections,” Wool said.

He went on to say, “Both parties, the sort of party officials on both sides don’t like it so I think that’s a good thing, that’s a good indicator. I think our current system isn’t the best, and I think this will improve it, and I think we should give it a chance.” Mike Prax, Representative for District 3 and an opponent of the measure, also shared his thoughts, saying, “Our campaign couldn’t overcome the outside money.”

Prax added, “It’s going to be even more outside dark money than is the case now because the two groups that were the most transparent, the political parties, have been largely removed from the picture.”

The state’s target date to certify the election results is November 25th.

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