JUNEAU, Alaska — The ballot counting continues in Alaska, one week after legislative races that put Republicans in charge of both the House and Senate.
Election officials are counting absentee and question ballots, and the results could bring closure to a handful of still-tight races.
On the House side, just 96 votes separated Reps. Lance Pruitt and Pete Petersen of Anchorage. Pruitt, a Republican, was recently named House majority leader, speaking to his party’s confidence in how his race will shake out. Political newcomer Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins held a 43-vote edge of Republican Rep. Bill Thomas of Haines.
Meanwhile, Sen. Hollis French clung to a 247-vote lead over Republican Bob Bell, and former lawmaker Pete Kelly led Democratic Sen. Joe Paskvan of Fairbanks. Kelly has already been named co-chair of the Senate Finance Committee.