Preliminary Primary Election results show close races and a number of upsets brewing across the state. On the Kenai Peninsula, there’s a little bit of that drama, even though two incumbent state representatives are running unopposed.
But things are very close in the Senate District P Republican Primary, with incumbent Sen. Gary Stevens of Kodiak trailing challenger John Cox of Anchor Point 1,403 votes to 1,334 votes. With 22 of 23 precincts reporting, Cox leads Stevens 51-to-49 percent. With all nine Kenai Peninsula precincts reporting, the one outstanding precinct is likely Port Lions which had trouble finding poll workers and had to turn to absentee-in-person voting for residents there.
Soldotna school board member Greg Madden, running under the Alaskan Independence Party banner, has 1,215 votes and will face the Republican winner in November.
In House District 31, incumbent Sarah Vance has 1,758 votes with all nine precincts reporting. She will face current Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly President Kelly Cooper in the General Election. Cooper, running as an unaffiliated candidate, skipped the primary election.
In House District 32, with 13 of 14 precincts reporting, Kodiak incumbent Rep. Louise Stutes has 764 votes. She did not have a primary opponent, and will not face any opposition in the General.
In House District 30, where the name of late-Rep. Gary Knopp remained on the ballot, he garnered 258 votes, with all six precincts reporting. Ron Gillham leads former Rep. Kelly Wolf by 1,168 votes to 474.
All results are preliminary until certified. The Alaska Division of Elections announced that a record number of absentee ballots were cast in the Primary Election. They will not be counted until next week.