The Alaska Division of Elections on Tuesday released its latest voting results. The tally includes early ballots, questioned ballots and absentee ballots. Still to be counted are absentee ballots received by Friday, Nov. 16. Here are the latest results for the Kenai Peninsula.
Peninsula voter turnout for this week’s midterm elections saw a decrease from other elections in years past, according to the Alaska Division of Elections.
In this year’s election, 47.6 percent of registered voters in District 29 and 30 , which cover the central and southern a came out to the polls, which is slightly above the state turnout at 41.5 percent. Voter turnout in District 31, the lower peninsula, was 51.6 percent.
During the 2016 general election, 65.2 percent of peninsula voters came out to the polls, and in the 2014 general election, 58.9 percent of area voters cast a ballot.
The peninsula opted for more Republican candidates than Democrat or independent, following state trends.
Senate District O
Republican Sen. Peter Micciche will serve another term as a state senator representing central and northern peninsula communities. He took 58.8 percent of the total District 29 and 30 votes, while write-in candidates took 29.9 percent votes.
In District 29, Micciche held just over 60 percent of the vote, and in District 30, Micciche held 57.3 percent of the vote.
House District 29
In District 29, which encompasses Nikiski, Hope, Seward, Cooper Landing and Sterling, in the latest results Republican Ben Carpenter of Nikiski won with 66.4 percent of the vote with Democrat Shawn Butler getting 29.6 percent.
House District 30
Gary Knopp, who ran unopposed, was elected as the representative for District 30. He got 80.4 percent , with write-in getting 4 percent.
House District 31
In the District 31 race, incumbent Rep. Paul Seaton, NP-Homer, narrowed the gap from earlier results but still lost to Republican Sarah Vance. Vance had 55.4 percent or 4,851 votes to Seaton’s 42.3 percent or 3,702 votes. Seaton had won eight elections as a Republican, but this year chose to run as a nonpartisan on the Democratic Party ticket.
Vance prevailed in the Anchor Point, Fox River, Funny River No. 1, Homer No. 2, Kasilof and Ninilchik precincts as well as in early voting. Seaton won the Diamond Ridge, Kachemak/Fritz Creek and Homer No. 1 precincts. He also won in absentee votes. In the greater Homer area precincts of Diamond Ridge, Kachemak/Fritz Creek, and Homer No. 1 and 2 precincts, Seaton had 1,498 total votes to Vance’s 1,336. However, Vance easily won the upper peninsula and Fox River precincts which generally tend to vote strongly Republican, and those precincts pushed her to victory.
In District 29, which encompasses the northern peninsula and includes areas in Nikiski, Hope, Seward, Cooper Landing, Funny River and Sterling, 66.7 percent of voters cast a ballot for Mike Dunleavy, and only 28.5 percent voted for Mark Begich.
In District 30, which includes the Kenai and Soldotna areas, 68.2 percent of voters chose Dunleavy as their new governor, with only 26.7 percent choosing Begich.
In District 31, the southern peninsula, 53.3 percent voted for Dunleavy and 41.6 percent against Mark Begich.
Alaska Ballot Measure 1
In District 29, 25.9 percent of voters supported the ballot initiative, and 71 percent opposed the Stand for Salmon campaign.
In District 30, 73.7 percent of voters opposed, and 23 percent supported the measure.
In District 31, 54.9 percent of voters opposed, with 41.8 percent supporting the measure.
The U.S. House of Representatives
Congressman Don Young was favored in all peninsula districts..
In District 29, 65.8 percent of voters chose incumbent Young; 32.9percent chose Galvin.
In District 30, Young took 66.5 percent of the vote, while Galvin took 31.3 percent.
In District 31, Young took 52.3 percent of the vote, while Galvin took 46.1 percent.
Superior Court Judge Michael D. Corey
Anchorage Superior Court Judge Michael D. Corey was ousted by 9,269 votes Tuesday. In September, the judge approved a no-jail plea deal in a case where Anchorage man Justin Schneider choked an Alaska Native woman until she became unconscious, then masturbated on her. Outrage from across the state and nation encouraged voters to vote him off the bench, despite the Alaska Judicial Council recommending his retention.
In District 29, 46.6 percent of voters ousted Judge Corey, while 36.4 voted for his retention.
In District 30, 44.9 percent of voters voted him off the bench, and 37.4 voted for him to hold his position.
In District 31, 43.3 percent of voters voted him out, and 36.1 percent voted for him to stay in his current seat.
Michael Armstrong contributed to this report.