I gave a neighbor a ride downtown tonight and she was headed first to the Denaina Center for the Lisa Murkowski reception.
Father Frank arrived first and greeted friends.
Then Lisa arrived with lots of hugs while the crowd chanted, "Lisa, Lisa, Lisa. . ."
Then I headed over to Election Central a couple blocks away at the Egan Center.
It was still relatively empty at 9:15pm. The media were getting set up to interview the winners and losers later on.
Radio reporter Johanna Eurich was telling former Senator Arliss Sturgulewski about her month in New Mexico digitizing historic tapes.
Sturgulewski also talked with former Senator Al Adams and others.
House district 31 challenger Lupe Marroquin had a cordial talk with incumbent and winner Bob Lynn.
APRN reporter Steve Heimel with reelected Congressman Don Young.
McAdams fans were upbeat, despite the numbers showing the former mayor of Sitka running third, well behind front-runner "write-in" and Joe Miller. As I write this at 1:00 am, the state unofficial election results had the numbers this way with 87% of the precincts counted:
|McAdams, Scott T.||DEM||46444||24.05%|
The next step will be to go through all the write in candidates, get rid of the ones that are clearly for someone other than Lisa Murkowski and then I imagine Joe Miller will fight over every ballot that isn't spelled exactly right.
Democrat Pete Petersen retained his east Anchorage seat against former Kodiak representative Gabrielle Ledoux who moved into his district earlier this year and put on an hard campaign. Pete is the only Returned Peace Corps Volunteer in the legislature, that I know of.
Don Young's fans came into the room.
Democratic Rep. Les Gara (left) had an uncontested race and Rep. Chris Tuck defeated his Republican opponent.
Matsu Republican Rep. Carl Gatto also ran uncontested.
Anchorage Daily News reporters Lisa Demer and Sean Cockerham.
Republican Cathy Giessel defeated Democrat Janet Reiser and Independent Phil Dziubinski to replace Sen. Con Bunde in Senate District P.
Watching the results being updated on the screen.
Lisa Murkowski's crowd entering the Egan Center.
And by then, I'd had my fill and left the Egan Center to go home.
As I look over the state races, the significant ones seem to be:
Interior District 6, Democratic incumbent Woodie Salmon lost to Republican Alan Dick.
Anchorage, District 27 Democratic incumbent Bob Buch lost to Republican Mia Costello.
Fairbanks, District 7 Republican incumbent Mike Kelly lost to Democrat Bob Miller.
So, the Republicans picked up one seat.
In the Senate, things stay 10 Democrats and 10 Republicans and the coalition appears to be the likely result again.
Also significant, Supreme Court Justice Dana Fabe defeated a last minute right wing campaign to unseat her but voters took the advice of the Judicial Council and ousted District Judge Postma.
The two bond issues passed, but the Constitutional Amendment to enlarge the legislature failed.
All the results are available on the State Division of Elections website and after the jump.
|Registered Voters 494876 - Cards Cast 194937 39.39%||Num. Report Precinct 438 - Num. Reporting 384 87.67%|