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Episode 80: Decision 2016 – What’s at stake for Alaska?

By KTVA Alaska 7:43 PM November 6, 2016

 

Hillary Clinton is up. Donald Trump is down. Then he’s up. And then they’re neck and neck. So it goes, until this Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Republicans hope that when the dust settles, they’ll retain their majority in both houses of the Alaska Legislature. But Democrats hope voter disgust over Trump’s groping scandals will help flip a few seats, enough to form a bipartisan coalition in the House and perhaps the Senate. But they could be cancelled out by Clinton’s latest email probe.

With so much up in the air, we thought we’d take one last wild ride on the political roller coaster. Here are some of the highlights from this week’s show.

  • Election Overview: A look at some of the legislative races to watch Tuesday, especially some of the spendy ones.
  • Analysis: Our guests are Christopher Clark and Charles Wohlforth. Clark, a veteran political observer, will be on-hand election night to help us with KTVA election coverage. Wohlforth, a well-known local writer, has been tracking the political landscape in his columns for Alaska Dispatch.
  • Arctic U.S. Senate Debate: Some highlights from last week’s U.S. Senate Debate in Barrow-Utgiaqvik, the farthest north U.S. Senate debate in history.

We hear that early voters are lining up to help decide this election like never before, that in Anchorage the wait is 20 to 40 minutes to cast a vote. That’s good news that Democracy is alive and well — and one way or another, we’ll have a part in making history.

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