THESE CANDIDATES GOT TWO THIRDS OF THE VOTE IN PRIMARY
Five Republicans who faced credible primary opponents ended up in the Must Read Alaska Landslide Club. They won more than two thirds of the vote in the August Primary Election.
But none topped Rep. Chris Birch.
Birch, finishing out his first term as a representative for South Anchorage, pulled in 78 percent of the vote for his bid for the Senate seat being vacated by Kevin Meyer.
His millennial opponent, Bekah Halat, who is facing charges relating to food stamp fraud, won 22 percent of the vote.
Birch’s landslide victory puts him in a good position to win in November against Janice Park, the Democrat, but there were other Republicans who also won more than 66 percent of the votes in their districts:
Rep. Mark Neuman, District 8, won 75.4 percent over a relatively unknown Andy Murr. Neuman, of Big Lake, has served in the Legislature since 2004 and was Finance co-chair under the previous Republican House leadership.
Bart LeBon, District 1, won 71.5 percent of the vote against perennial candidate Wolfgang Falke, for the Fairbanks seat being vacated by Rep. Scott Kawasaki. He’ll face Kathryn Dodge, the Democrat, in the General Election.
Chuck Kopp, District 24, crushed his opponent Steve Duplantis with 70.5 percent of the vote. Duplantis has since posted a video on Facebook saying he would welcome his name as a write in or he might even support Democrat Sue Levi. On NextDoor.com Duplantis also advised neighbors that if they find used syringes on their property, they should drop them in the yard in the yard of Rep. Kopp.
In Senate Seat E, Sen. Mike Shower won against Randall Kowalke, 68 percent to 32 percent. Shower had been appointed to the seat that was formerly held by Sen. Mike Dunleavy before Dunleavy left the Senate to focus on his run for governor.
Kowalke had been Gov. Bill Walker’s first pick for replacing Shower, but the District prevailed in a citizen-led rebellion against Walker, which deeply embarrassed the governor last winter.
In the statewide races, Rep. Don Young received 71 percent of the Republican vote, which is in the usual range for the congressman.