until after midday (Wednesday) for all the State House District 36 precincts to
report in, but even after the last two did, the outcome of the tight race for
the Democratic nomination was no clearer.
With 14 of
14 precincts reporting, candidates Andy Lundquist and Dave Kaplan are now only
seven votes apart: Lundquist leads with 504 votes to Kaplan’s 497.
mainland precincts, Nondalton and the combined Iliamna-Newhalen voting district,
didn’t return results until early (Wednesday) afternoon. Before that, Lundquist
had a 23-vote lead. Nondalton voted 14-to-5 in favor of Kaplan, while
Iliamna-Newhalen went for Kaplan 23-to-16.
and Lundquist were amazed at the small margin.
still an unknown number of absentee and questioned ballots outstanding,
according to the Alaska Division of Elections. The state has up to 15 days
after the election to count all the ballots, but they're shooting to have that
done by September 5th – which is next Friday.
election will be certified on or about September 17th. After that date, a
defeated candidate OR 10 voters registered in District 36 can request a
difference between the candidates is less than one-half percent, the $2,000 fee
for a recount is waived. Currently Lundquist and Kaplan are 7-10ths of
the sooner the votes are tallied, the better, so that the winner can get to
work at campaigning against his Republican rival.
is taking a wait-and-see approach to the drawn-out process.
If the two
candidates are tied after all the absentee and questioned ballots are counted,
the state will conduct an automatic recount. If they are still tied after that,
the victor will be determined by a coin flip.
eventual winner will face Alan Austerman, who ran unopposed in the closed
Republican primary. He received 1,101 votes.
Check out the precinct-by-precinct breakdown of votes in District 36 in this updated PDF from the Alaska Division of Elections.