After the first day of absentee and questioned ballot counting, two House District seats in Anchorage are still too close to call.

In the race for House District 21, Matt Claman extended his lead from Anand Dubey. Claman was up 86 votes to represent the Turnagain and Spenard area, as of 6 p.m. Tuesday. In the House District 15 race, Laurie Hummel slipped to 195 votes behind Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux in the JBER and Muldoon neighborhoods.

Win or lose, Hummel says she’s grateful for the work of her volunteers to bring the campaign so close to victory.

“Thanks again for everything you have done,” she said on Tuesday night to a crowd who gathered at her house for a night of food and celebration. “It’s time for us to breathe a sigh of relief.”

After a 30-year career in the military, Hummel says she’s glad she ventured into politics with family by her side. Hummel says maybe it’s her background that makes waiting for election results not too stressful.

“When you compare it to truly stressful situations, this really isn’t,” Hummel said. “The votes have been cast.”

Meanwhile, at his home in west Anchorage, Claman is reflecting on having run the closest race in town against Dubey.

“Anxious to see the result, but there’s not much you can do besides watch and wait,” said Claman, recalling the history of some Alaska races that were decided by less than 25 votes. “There’s nothing I can do to make them go faster.”

Claman found out just how much energy is needed to work a day job while campaigning. Now, he’s enjoying a little down time.

“Went to a couple of movies over the weekend,” Claman said, adding that he is also happy to have his Sundays back to watch football.

In Ketchikan’s House District 36 race, sitting Republican Chere Klein took the lead Tuesday night over unaffiliated Dan Ortiz. Klein is up nine votes.

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