Concessions from opponents over the past few days means Bill Walker will take the governor’s job, while Dan Sullivan will take one of Alaska’s Senate seats in Washington.
With an additional 15,200 votes counted, Republican Senate candidate Dan Sullivan and independent gubernatorial candidate Bill Walker maintained their election leads.
Voters in western Alaska bucked state trends in some races, but gave more decisive returns in others.
Polls across Alaska closed at 8 p.m. Tuesday and while results are still unofficial the big winners appear to be Walker, Sullivan and marijuana.
Voters will decide on state lawmakers, governor, a U.S. Senator, Alaska’s only U.S. House rep, and on three ballot initiatives ranging from marijuana to minimum wage.
Unofficial results show a 6,800 vote margin in favor of “no” on Ballot Measure 1, the proposition that asked voters to keep or repeal the state’s new system for taxing oil.
Primary voters will pick candidates for major races for both parties, as well as decide the fate of Alaska’s contentious new oil tax system.
Last week three of the state’s Republican candidates responded to questions from Alaskans. The forum aired on KTUU and hosted Fairbanks attorney Joe Miller, former Attorney General Dan Sullivan, and current Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell.
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