In Skagway, Haines and Klukwan, votes largely reflected statewide numbers, supporting incumbents Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Rep. Don Young. Democratic challengers Steve Lindbeck for House and Ray Metcalfe for Senate also garnered the most votes locally, as they did statewide.
Voter turnout Tuesday hovered around 10 percent in Skagway and Haines. Klukwan saw the highest turnout of the Upper Lynn Canal communities, at about 20 percent.
Let’s start with the Senate race. Lisa Murkowski received the overwhelming number of votes from area voters. Her name was on the Republican ballot with three lesser-known challengers: Paul Kendall, Thomas Lamb and Bob Lochner. Kendall received the most local votes out of the three challengers.
On the Democratic ballot, there were two Democrat and one Libertarian Senate hopefuls. Democrat Ray Metcalfe received the most local support, except in Klukwan, where Edgar Blatchford was the favorite. Libertarian candidate Cean Stevens shared the ballot with the Democratic candidates and received fewer votes.
In November, Alaska voters will choose between Murkowski, Metcalfe, Stevens and Independent challenger Margaret Stock.
Representative Don Young took the lion’s share of votes on the Republican ballot for U.S. House. GOP challengers Gerald Heikes, Jesse Tingley, and Stephen Wright took a few votes away from him, but not enough to make much of a dent. Wright was the most popular of the three among Upper Lynn Canal voters.
Of the Democratic candidates for Young’s House seat, Steve Lindbek garnered the most support. Although, Lynette Hinz was about as popular among Skagway and Klukwan voters. Libertarians Jon Watts and Jim McDermott and Democrat William Hibler were less popular. Of the two Libertarians, McDermott garnered more votes, as he did statewide.
On the November ballot, Young will face Lindbeck and McDermott.
There were a number of competitive races for Alaska Legislature seats across the state, but not for House District 33. The seat held by Democratic Representative Sam Kito III is uncontested.