IT LOOKS LIKE 13 VOTES ADVANTAGE FOR CARPENTER
After absentee, early, and questioned votes were counted in the House District 29 race, it appears Ben Carpenter has the edge over Kenai Borough Assemblyman Wayne Ogle.
But it’s only by 13 votes. The official count has not been announced; this calculation comes from a review of the most recent tapes from the Division of Elections.
And with just 10 votes, there could be a recount.
At the end of Election Day, Ogle had 1,222 votes to Carpenter’s 1,219 votes in the Republican Primary, a three-vote margin.
With all the absentee, early, and questioned ballots in, the current count appears to be 1,367 for Carpenter to 1,354 for Ogle, according to an analysis of the Election Division’s tapes in Juneau, where the district’s remaining outstanding votes were counted this afternoon.
Carpenter is recently retired from the Alaska National Guard, where he was a special staff officer in the commanding general’s office. He is also a U.S. Army and Air Force veteran. He and his wife grow peonies at their Nikiski home and property.
A 1993 graduate of Nikiski High School, Carpenter served in Iraq and Afghanistan and in Turkey and Kuwait with the Air Force.
He is president of the Alaska Peony Market Cooperative and ran for House after Mike Chenault announced his retirement earlier this year.
The winner of the Republican primary will face Shawn Butler, a Democrat, in November. Butler is a retired U.S. Army officer who teaches at the University of Alaska and lives in Hope.