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And another 2,493 votes counted, some coming from Fairbanks

Alaska’s congressional candidate leaders continue to lead, with no discernible change for the final four for the August ballot.

The vote total in the special congressional primary is now 150,036, which is 2,493 votes more than announced at 1 pm. Most of the latest votes appear to have come from Fairbanks, with both Adam Wool and John Coghill gaining a few votes, although they are far down from the final four. Wool and Coghill are well-known Fairbanksans.

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There were 48 names on the ballot to choose from in the June 11 special primary election to replace Congressman Don Young until the voters make their final decision in November.

The leader standing, as of 2:20 pm on Friday:

  • Palin: 41,302, 27.59%
  • Begich: 28,859, 19.27%
  • Gross: 18,936, 12.65%
  • Peltola: 14,133, 9.44%

The top four above will appear on the Aug. 16 ballot, where voters will rank them in their order of preference.

Suzanne Downing
Suzanne Downing
Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.


  1. I feel like I’m back at Dimond High School running for Junior Class VP.
    Can I have some extra ballots, please?

  2. This will be interesting. With ranked choice voting the opportunities for fraud are vast. We’ll just have to wait and see I suppose.

  3. Looking forward to the debates. I hope serious questions will be asked like:
    Will you vote to repeal the jones act.
    What can you do to increase oil production and do you support incentives from the government to build more refineries.
    How will you cut spending?
    Will you fight the factory trawlers that are scraping the ocean floor killing our fisheries.
    Let’s hope they don’t focus on social feel good issues.

  4. I think the new voting system will be found to be unconstitutional. I think there’s a case already filed about this type of election process.

  5. Also, it would seem that the cities/states that favor ranked choice voting all just so happen to be democratic strongholds.

    Maine was the first state to authorize ranked-choice voting, but its state supreme court has found it to be unconstitutional.

    Currently, 10 cities use ranked-choice voting, including Cambridge, Massachusetts, Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, and San Francisco, Oakland and other Bay Area cities in California.

    Administrators’ concerns center on technology. No voting system currently certified by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) has ranked-choice capability. This has left jurisdictions to employ creative methods for doing the complicated calculations needed for allocating (and reallocating) votes.

    Source: ‘

  6. Good read about RCV:


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