HOMETOWN KOYUK BROUGHT THE VOTE FOR DUNLEAVY
As a rural educator from the Arctic, and former state senator from Wasilla taking on a sitting governor and a former U.S. senator, Mike Dunleavy started out with lower name recognition than the other two candidates.
But where people know him in Alaska, they like him — and they vote for him.
In the village of Koyuk, population 332, most of the voters who picked the Republican ballot (Republicans, undeclared, and nonpartisan voters are able to do so), voted for Dunleavy.
It was 47 votes for Dunleavy, 2 votes for his opponent Mead Treadwell. He’s definitely got the Koyuk vote.
Dunleavy spent three years as a teacher in the largely Inupiaq village located on the northern bank of the Koyuk River as it flows into Norton Bay.
From Koyuk, Dunleavy went to Fairbanks and studied school administration and cross-cultural education at University of Alaska Fairbanks, before moving to Kotzebue to become a school principal and eventually a superintendent.
Of course, many in Koyuk lean Democrat, but Mark Begich, the state’s leading Democrat, only received 18 votes for governor. Bill Walker avoided the primary altogether because he felt he couldn’t compete against Begich.
Dunleavy did as well as Rep. Don Young when it came to overall number of votes in the primary in Koyuk. Young was the top vote getter across the state, but in Koyuk, they matched: Young received 48 votes.
In the District 40’s hub community of Kotzebue, Dunleavy swept 107 votes to Treadwell’s 24.
On the Democrat ballot in Kotzebue, which is one of Alaska’s Democrat strongholds, Begich did well with 145 votes.
HOW DID BEGICH DO IN HIS HOME PRECINCT?