Alaska’s official results are in for the Nov. 8 election. They don’t significantly change the picture of which candidates Northern Lynn Canal voters preferred. Most area precincts favored Democrat Hillary Clinton for president but Republican incumbents for Alaska offices.
The initial results posted shortly after the election didn’t include absentee, questioned and early voting ballots. With those factored in, turnout numbers in the area didn’t change much.
Klukwan saw the highest turnout, just over 50 percent. Skagway had about 40 percent of registered voters cast a ballot. Haines’ in-town precinct saw 39 percent turnout and the out-the-road polling station, precinct 2, saw close to 35 percent.
Klukwan went overwhelmingly in Clinton’s favor, at 75 percent. More people there voted for a write-in or third-party candidate than voted for Republican Donald Trump. He ultimately won the election, but in Klukwan, he only earned 10 percent of the vote.
More than half of Skagway voters cast ballots for Clinton. A little over a quarter voted for Trump. Skagway was the most supportive of third-party and write-in candidates, at about 20 percent.
Trump and Clinton were just a couple percentage points away in Haines precinct 1. Clinton took 43 percent and Trump earned 41 percent. Sixteen percent voted for another candidate or a write-in.
Haines precinct 2 is the only Upper Lynn Canal district that favored Trump. About half of the 96 voters cast ballots for the GOP nominee. About 38 percent went for Clinton. Fourteen percent voted for a third-party or write-in.
All Upper Lynn Canal districts favored Republican Lisa Murkowski for U.S. Senate. Although it wasn’t an overwhelming victory in Haines and Skagway, where she took slightly more than a third of votes. The crowded field of challengers split the rest of the vote well enough that none topped Murkowski’s approximately 39 percent.
Klukwan, which went so strongly Democrat for president, went heavily Republican for the Senate race. Nearly 70 percent of voters favored Murkowski.
Klukwan voters also wanted Republican Rep. Don Young to keep his seat. More than half the ballots cast there went to Young. His Democratic challenger, Steve Lindbeck netted about a third of votes.
Skagway was the outlier in this race, casting significantly more votes for Lindbeck than for Young. It was Klukwan’s numbers, but reversed. Half the votes went to Lindbeck and just a third went to Young.
In Haines precinct 1, Young and Lindbeck were neck-and-neck. They each earned about 43 percent of the vote, though a few more ballots went to Young. Haines precinct 2 is also close, but with a more significant margin of victory for Young, at 48 percent compared to Lindbeck’s 41 percent.
You can view the full official results at elections.alaska.gov.