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State senator calls for legal review of recent primary election

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Mistake at the polls could cost North Slope representative his seat

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Gov. Walker reflects on 2 years in office, looks ahead

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Groups advocating state fiscal plan put campaigns on pause

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Mallott: No major voting problems after legal settlement

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    State senator calls for legal review of recent primary election

    by Liz Raines on Aug 24, 11:52

    Last updated at 11:15 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 25 An Alaska state senator has called a hearing to review procedures and protocols used in last Tuesday’s primary election, following reports of irregularities at the polls, which include disparities in employee training, closure of polling places, a mistake in ballot distribution and data entry errors. Sen. […]

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    Mistake at the polls could cost North Slope representative his seat

    by Liz Raines on Aug 22, 19:34

    Last updated at 10:23 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 24 A simple mistake in last Tuesday’s primary election may have cost Barrow’s Rep. Benjamin Nageak his seat in the Legislature. Throughout the state, voters had to choose between a Republican or Democrat ballot, but in Shungnak, voters accidentally got both. According to unofficial results, just five […]

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    Gov. Walker reflects on 2 years in office, looks ahead

    by Emily Carlson on Aug 19, 17:38

    Updated at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, August 22 Gov. Bill Walker was sworn into office nearly two years ago. In December 2014, he did something no Alaskan had done — with a Democrat at his side, the former-Republican was elected the first Independent governor in Alaska. However, it hasn’t been easy. After a session filled with […]

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    Groups advocating state fiscal plan put campaigns on pause

    by Liz Raines on Aug 18, 19:56

    ANCHORAGE — Groups advocating for a long-term state fiscal plan say their work paid off — pointing to the results of Tuesday’s primary election, where voters knocked at least six incumbents out of office. But the groups now say they are scaling back their efforts ahead of November’s general election. “The coalition has kind of […]

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    Mallott: No major voting problems after legal settlement

    by Becky Bohrer / AP on Aug 18, 14:13

    Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott says saw no substantive problems during his visit to rural communities to monitor voting in this week’s primary election. He also says he got the impression from the U.S. Department of Justice that this was a good first statewide election following last year’s settlement of a lawsuit over the translation of […]

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    Amid historically low voter turnout, waves of change roll through Republican Party in primary

    by Liz Raines on Aug 17, 19:49

    Updated at 11 a.m. on Friday, August 19 Unofficial results from Tuesday’s primary mark a historic low — just over 15 percent voter turnout statewide. If numbers continue that way, it will be the lowest number of primary votes cast on record since 1976, which is as far back as the data goes, according to the […]

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    Alaska primary: 5 votes separate Nageak, Westlake in House race

    by Rhonda McBride on Aug 17, 16:20

    It’s not clear if two rural Democrats, who joined the House Republican Majority, are returning to Juneau. With all precincts in, Rep. Ben Nageak and his opponent Dean Westlake, of Kotzebue are separated by a mere five votes, with absentee and question ballots still pending. With such a close race, a recount is likely to […]

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    Results: Young, Murkowski easily win their primary races

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Aug 17, 0:11

    Incumbents Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Rep. Don Young won their Alaska primary races by a large margin, unofficial results indicated Tuesday night. Murkowski’s opponents earned significantly fewer votes, with Paul Kendall and Thomas Lamb bringing in less than 10 percent each while Bob Lochner scraped together just over 15 percent for himself. Early results showed […]

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    Latest Updates: 2016 Alaska primary election results

    by KTVA Web Staff on Aug 16, 20:00

    Early results show a low turnout for the 2016 Alaska primary election. Out of 515,714 registered voters only 79,622 cast ballots, a mere 15.4 percent voter turnout. KTVA will continue to provide updates as results are finalized over the next few days. Share your election day photos with us – submit here. Follow our reporters […]

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    Confusion at the polls: Which party’s candidates can you vote for?

    by Liz Raines on Aug 16, 18:47

    A mix-up at the polls in South Anchorage almost kept one woman from voting the way she wanted in the state primary Tuesday. Melissa Falcone, a registered nonpartisan voter, was told by election staff at Ocean View Elementary School that she couldn’t have a Republican ballot, even though the rules say she can. Anyone can vote […]

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    Primary hot seat: Downtown Senate seat is winner-takes-all for Democrats

    by Liz Raines on Aug 15, 20:40

    A Democrat will hold downtown Anchorage’s Senate seat J after Tuesday’s primary election because there aren’t any candidates from other parties running. Voters will choose between Ed Wesley, a retired labor union employee, or Tom Begich, brother of former U.S. Sen. Mark Begich. Though they’re both Democrats, Tom Begich says he’s had a slightly different […]

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    What to expect on Alaska’s primary election day

    by Liz Raines on Aug 15, 19:16

    The state primary election is just hours away and so far, early voting has been unusually slow, according to the Division of Elections. The division has ordered tens of thousands of ballots to be cast, but voters haven’t even come close to hitting that mark in the last two weeks. “As of Sunday, we were […]

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    Alaska primary Q&A: What to expect on Tuesday

    by KTVA Web Staff on Aug 15, 10:23

      Political insiders Christopher Clark and Larry Persily joined KTVA’s Rhonda McBride and Liz Raines to discuss Tuesday’s primary election. What can voters expect when they head to the polls Tuesday? What are the hotly contested races around the state? We took your questions live on Facebook. Learn more in the video above. Polls are open […]

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    Murkowski not taking Senate re-election bid for granted

    by Associated Press on Aug 14, 10:22

    U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski is taking nothing for granted in her latest re-election bid: raking in fundraising cash, peppering the air waves with ads and filling Alaska mailboxes with campaign fliers. While she is expected to win her Republican primary Tuesday, her loss in the 2010 primary, and her improbable comeback with a successful general […]

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    Primary hot seat: Anchorage’s most crowded race

    by Liz Raines on Aug 12, 19:26

    Five candidates are vying for just one Anchorage seat in the state senate. Senate district L — which includes parts of Midtown, and stretches through Bayshore and the Ocean View area — is a historically red part of town, but this year there are multiple candidates on both sides of the aisle. Three are Republicans: […]

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    Primary hot seat: Races to watch in the Valley

    by Liz Raines on Aug 10, 20:05

    Campaigns are heating up in the Valley, with the primary election just days away. One race is already making history in one of the state’s largest districts that stretches from Palmer all the way to Valdez. [RELATED: Interactive 2016 Alaska Primary Election Map] Never before has the Alaska Republican Party worked against one of it’s own, […]

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    Interactive map: 2016 Alaska Primary Election

    by Jessica Stugelmayer, Kristin Anderson on Aug 10, 15:36

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    Primary hot seat: Oldest legislator, longtime Assembly member face off in South Anchorage

    by Liz Raines on Aug 09, 20:05

    With just one week to go until the state primary election, two South Anchorage Republicans face off in KTVA’s first installment of a weeklong hot seat series. The state’s oldest serving legislator, Rep. Bob Lynn, is up against a longtime Anchorage Assembly member, Chris Birch, who’s mounting an aggressive campaign. Their Hillside district stretches from south of […]

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    Governor signs bill to benefit Alaskans with disabilities

    by Liz Raines on Aug 09, 16:23

    Gov. Bill Walker has signed into law a bill aimed at allowing disabled Alaskans more financial independence. House Bill 188 adopts the federal Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, which allows people with disabilities to open a tax-free savings account, capped at $400,000. The ABLE Act allows those who qualify to store up to $14,000 a year […]

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    Murkowski remains undecided on whether she’ll vote for Trump

    by Becky Bohrer / AP on Aug 09, 12:09

    U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she does not know if she will vote for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. But the moderate Alaska Republican tells The Associated Press that she does know who she won’t vote for, and that’s Democrat Hillary Clinton. Murkowski has not endorsed Trump, and says she will continue to speak out […]