Tight primary races decided with about 25 percent turnout

Sep 5, 2018

The Alaska Division of Elections has finalized its results from last month's primary elections, which cleared up two races in the Central Peninsula.

In Senate District O, incumbent Peter Micciche came from behind and averted a huge upset against unknown political newcomer Ron Gillham. It took Micciche the absentee and questioned ballots to win, but he collected 50.62 percent of the vote to Gillham's 49.38 percent.

Meanwhile in House District 29, Benjamin Carpenter won the Republican primary against Wayne Ogle by an even closer margin of 50.22 percent to 49.78 percent. He will face Shawn Butler an independent candidate, in the general election.

According to the state results, voter turnout in District 29 was 25.88 percent, with 3,969 voters casting ballots. In District 30, turnout was 22.19 percent with 3,515 votes cast.