Leads flip in tight local House and Senate races

Aug 29, 2018

The close state house and senate races on the Kenai Peninsula are are yet to be certified, but the leads have flipped with the counting of absentee and questioned ballots.

In figures released by the Division of Elections, District O Senator Peter Micciche now has a lead of 72 votes over his Republican Primary challenger, Ron Gillham. Gillham had a stunning 12 vote lead over the Senate majority leader after the polls closed last week. The ultimate winner of this primary has a smoother path to the state legislature, as there is no general election challenger.

Meanwhile, in the House District 29 Republican primary, Wayne Ogle, who is the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly President, has gone from leader by a slim margin, to trailing Benjamin Carpenter by 13 votes. District 29 extends from Nikiski to Seward. Whomever prevails will face Shawn Butler of Hope, an Independent, in the general election.