Sen. John Coghill has lost his primary race to Rob Myers, 1,723 to 1,739.
A longtime Senator and House member, known for his good character, statesmanship, and Bible studies in his office in the Capitol, Coghill has had close races before, but the current political climate did not favor him this time, and his alignment with Sen. Cathy Giessel, who served as Senate president, may have did him in with conservatives in District B, Fairbanks. Giessel also lost her primary in Anchorage.
Myers will face two non-affiliated candidates in the General Election: Evan Eads and Marna Sanford. Sanford is anti-Gov. Dunleavy and signed the recall petition last year; she is the preferred choice of the Democrats, who plan to take this district away from Republicans. It’s possible that Eads will drop on Monday to give Sanford a better chance. No one ran as an actual registered Democrat for this Senate Seat. Monday is the last day to drop and Republicans are expecting Democrats to start swapping out candidates now that the Primary election is behind them.
In House District 23, Anchorage’s Cathy Henslee has won the Republican Primary by 6 votes over Connie Dougherty. 631-624. She’ll face Rep. Chris Tuck, a Democrat, in the General Election
Dougherty has run for the seat before, and Henslee entered the race somewhat late, but had endorsements of people like former Gov. Sean Parnell.