Kodiak Votes for Miller over Murkowski; Local Races Uncontested

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Kodiak voters largely followed the statewide trends in yesterday’s Primary Election, voting for Sean Parnell, Ethan Berkowitz, Joe Miller and Scott McAdams. Kodiak also voted the same way the rest of the state did on the two propositions on the ballot. The local house and senate races were all uncontested. Voter turnout was under 18 percent, with just 1,827 ballots cast out of a voter base of 10,309.

In District 36, which includes Kodiak Island and parts of the Lake and Peninsula Borough, unofficial results show Tea Party candidate Joe Miller received 632 votes in the closed Republican primary for U.S. Senate to incumbent Lisa Murkowski’s 586. He’s about 2,000 votes ahead of her statewide, with several thousand absentee and questioned ballots still to count. On the Democrat side, Kodiak went for Sitka Mayor Scott McAdams, with 181 votes.

In the U.S. House race, incumbent Representative Don Young received 877 votes, with Democrat Harry Crawford picking up 397.

Ethan Berkowitz easily won the Democratic gubernatorial primary vote in Kodiak, with 295. In the closed Republican election, Sean Parnell received 833 votes.

Diane Benson also easily took Kodiak in the Democrat’s primary for lieutenant governor, with 295 votes, while Mead Treadwell got 639 on the Republican side.

On Ballot Measure One, the proposition that would ban municipalities and any organization receiving public funds from lobbying the state legislature, Kodiak residents soundly defeated it 1,104 votes to 660. On Measure Two, which would require parental notification when girls under 18 sought abortions, Kodiak voted 1,003 yes, to 782 no.

In local races, all three were uncontested. Incumbent Senator Gary Stevens received 977 votes, incumbent Representative Alan Austerman 908, and Democratic challenger for state house, Andy Schroder got 364. Stevens, the current Senate president, will likely get a free ride back to Juneau, as there are no declared challengers. Austerman and political newcomer Andy Schroeder will face off in November.

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