Update: The Alaska Primary Election results that were reported Tuesday night remained nearly unchanged after the state Division of Elections released an update early Wednesday morning.
The latest update said 98 percent of precincts reported results as of 1:34 a.m. Wednesday.
Ballot measure 1 had 49.45 percent voting yes and 50.55 percent voting no.
Ballot measure 2 had 38 percent voting yes and 62 percent voting no.
Republican U.S. Rep. Don Young won his primary with 79 percent and will face off against Democrat State Rep. Sharon Cissna who gathered 43 percent of the votes on the primary.
According to initial voter numbers, the Division of Election reported 106,201 ballots were casted or 21 percent out of 496,952 registered voters.
Original: Voters in Alaska’s primary elections Tuesday seemed to lean toward keeping the status quo in initial returns, with most of their taste for change restricted to the state Senate.
Ballot Measure 1, a proposal which would allow cities and boroughs to reduce property taxes for some residences, was narrowly passing according to state election returns with 50.42 percent of the vote as of 11:15 p.m., with nearly 71 percent of precincts reporting,
The more controversial Ballot Measure 2, which would resurrect Alaska’s coastal management program, was going down with 62 percent of the vote against it after millions of dollars of advertising in recent weeks.
State Rep. Sharon Cissna was leading a field of five Democratic and libertarian challengers to oppose U.S. Rep. Don Young for the state’s only House seat in Congress, with about 44 percent of the vote. Young was easily on track to face her, garnering 78 percent of the Republican vote against challengers John Cox and Terre Gales.
Many of the night’s most surprising results were in the Senate races, including former state labor commissioner Click Bishop’s commanding lead in initial returns for the Republican race in Senate District C. Bishop had more than 49 percent of the vote, versus former state senator Ralph Seekins’ 30 percent and David Eastman’s 20 percent. The winner will face Democrat Anne Sudkamp, who is running unopposed in the primary.
Another possible upset in the making was in Senate District D, where Mat-Su School District president Mike Dunleavy was leading with 58 percent of the vote versus incumbent Linda Menard’s 41 percent. No Democrats are running in the district.
Lesil McGuire was on track to hold her seat in Senate District K, with 55 percent of the vote against challenger Jeff Landfield's 44 percent. The winner of the race will go on to face Democrat Roselynn Cacy.
In other notable Senate races, Bob Bell was leading Liz Vasquez 60 percent to 39 percent in Senate District J’s Republican faceoff, Bettye Davis had beaten back an initial lead by Harry Crawford in Senate District M’s Democratic contest to lead it with 51 percent versus Crawford's 48 percent, and Peter Micciche had 59 percent of the vote versus Tom Wagoner's 40 percent in Senate District O’s Republican race.
Incumbency appeared to be more of an advantage in the night’s relatively few contested House races, where Republicans Bill Stoltze and Dan Saddler as well as Democrats Harriet Drummond and Pete Petersen were all leading challengers in their respective parties with at least 80 percent of the vote.
Editor's Note: KTUU's Neil Torquiano Contributed to the August 29 update.