race in the Alaska Primary Election got a little less close on Friday when the
State Division of Elections announced the latest unofficial results after
counting absentee and questioned ballots. Andy Lundquist increased his lead
over fellow Democrat Dave Kaplan in the House District 36 primary by 11 votes.
The tally now stands with Lundquist at 597, and Kaplan at 579.
added 71 to his total after the absentee ballots were counted, while Lundquist
picked up 69. Questioned ballots swung 24-to-11 in Lundquist's favor, though.
election will not be certified until September 17, and there could be an
indeterminate number of other ballots outstanding. Because of that, Kaplan said
he is not ready to throw in the towel:
until every last vote is counted.")
outstanding votes are absentee ballots cast overseas. The Division of Elections
will be accepting those until Wednesday, when they'll be counted.
was reached in Washington State where he is assisting his ailing mother.
look forward to the next phase of this thing.")
Democratic Party Chairman Dick Ross, who was Kaplan's campaign manager, said
Lundquist will have the party behind him if he prevails.
whichever one it turns out to be.")
who used to be a Republican, said he would be happy to have the support of the
party if he sustains his lead so they can work towards their common goal.
the guy that will fight for their best interest.")
trailing candidate, or 10 qualified voters, could request a recount. If the
difference between the candidates is more than one-half percent, they would
have to put down a $2,000 deposit, which could be refunded if the recount
changes the outcome of the race. Lundquist currently leads by 1-point-54
will face Republican Alan Austerman in the November 4th General Election