Kodiak voters’ rankings mostly mirror current statewide election results

Voters won’t know the results from last week’s statewide election until Wednesday, Nov. 23, but there’s already some indication about who voters in Kodiak’s legislative district ranked first on their ballots.

According to unofficial results from Alaska’s Division of Elections, 46% of voters in Kodiak’s district voted for current Gov. Mike Dunleavy. Dunleavy holds a lead of over 50% in the statewide results, too. Former Gov. Bill Walker and Democrat Les Gara are currently second and third, respectively, in the unofficial results, with 28% and 19% of the vote in Kodiak.

In the race for U.S. Senate, just over 50% of Kodiak voters ranked incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski first on their ballots. And 36% voted for Murkowski’s Republican challenger Kelly Tshibaka – that’s a tighter race statewide, as vote totals released by the state’s Division of Elections on Tuesday have the candidates neck and neck. Nine percent of voters in Kodiak’s district ranked Democrat Pat Chesbro first.

About half of voters in Kodiak’s district also ranked incumbent U.S. House Rep. Mary Peltola first on their ballots – although within the city of Kodiak, more votes were cast for former Gov. Sarah Palin. Palin was ranked first by 30% of voters – Nick Begich is third in that race. That mirrors currently statewide results, too.

And according to the latest Division of Elections numbers, incumbent state Rep. Louise Stutes and state Sen. Gary Stevens are still leading in their races. Both candidates had received more than 50% of the vote as of numbers released on election night, and have maintained that lead.

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