Election 2022

Raphael Warnock wins U.S. Senate runoff, giving Democrats a 51-seat majority

BY: - December 7, 2022

Democratic U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock will return to Washington to represent Georgia for the next six years after winning his Senate runoff Tuesday, handing Senate Democrats a coveted 51st seat. The Associated Press called the race at 10:26 p.m. Eastern Standard Time Tuesday. By early Wednesday morning, Warnock had 51.3% of the vote, edging out […]

Alaska will recount seven-vote margin in state House race, plus a close Senate finish

BY: - December 6, 2022

The Alaska Division of Elections will recount two close finishes from the November general election beginning Wednesday in Juneau. Denny Wells, the Democratic candidate for House District 15 in Anchorage, requested a recount of his seven-vote loss to Republican incumbent Rep. Tom McKay, and Roselynn Cacy, the Democratic candidate for Senate District E in South […]

Some rural votes were again left uncounted in Alaska’s statewide election

BY: - December 6, 2022

Ballots from six rural Alaska villages were not fully counted in Alaska’s November elections, the Division of Elections said Friday. A division official said the U.S. Postal Service failed to deliver them to the state election headquarters before the election was certified on Nov. 30. “You’ll need to contact the USPS to find out why […]

Gov. Mike Dunleavy hugs his wife, First Lady Rose Dunleavy, after being sworn in to a second term on Monday.Behind them is Kit Dahlstrom, husband of Lt. Gov. Nancy Dahlstrom, who was also sworn into office at the Monday ceremony. Dunleavy, a Republican, is the first Alaska governor to be reelected since Democrat Tony Knowles won a second term in 1998. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Dunleavy, after cruising to reelection, is sworn in for historic second term

BY: - December 5, 2022

Mike Dunleavy kicked off his second term as Alaska’s governor on Monday with a swearing-in ceremony and a pledge to help Alaska take advantage of its global position in a time of rapid change. “Alaska’s in an interesting position on the globe. And what’s happening internationally is going to put Alaska even more so on […]

The House floor on April 22, 2022, in Juneau, Alaska. (Photo by Rashah McChesney)

‘Stalemate’: Prepare to wait weeks, or even months, before a majority forms in Alaska House

BY: - December 5, 2022

After last month’s elections, the Alaska Capitol, so far, is split between two different political ideologies. Voters re-elected Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy, and a centrist, bipartisan coalition is set to take control of the state Senate. A longtime principle at the Alaska Capitol holds that of the building’s three power centers — the House, Senate […]

The House chambers are seen on Friday, May 13, 2022, at the Alaska State Capitol in Juneau, Alaska. (Photo by James Brooks/Alaska Beacon)

In Anchorage House race, losing Republican candidate sues Democratic winner, challenging her residency

BY: - December 1, 2022

A Republican who lost her race for the state House in west Anchorage is suing the Democratic victor, claiming the winner failed to live in Alaska long enough before registering for office. Liz Vazquez and four supporters sued Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer and Gail Fenumiai, head of the Alaska Division of Elections, on Wednesday in […]

A record-setting number of women will serve in state legislatures in 2023

BY: - December 1, 2022

WASHINGTON — A record number of women will soon serve in state legislatures, breaking the previous cap of female lawmakers by at least 69 seats and bringing total representation to more than 32%, according to the Center for American Women and Politics. States will have at least 2,376 female lawmakers in 2023, including both women […]

Elections workers double-check the results of Alaska's Aug. 16, 2022, primary election during a meeting of the state review board on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022, at the Alaska Division of Elections in Juneau. (Photo by James Brooks/Alaska Beacon)

Alaska certifies final election results, but three state House races face further hurdles

BY: - November 30, 2022

The Alaska Division of Elections uneventfully certified the results of the state’s Nov. 8 general election on Wednesday, becoming the 26th state to finalize its election.  None of Alaska’s 62 legislative and statewide races changed leaders as members of the multipartisan state review board examined unofficial results for accuracy, then signed an oath on Tuesday.   […]

Sen. Gary Stevens of Kodiak speaks at an Anchorage news conference on Friday announcing the formation of a 17-member bipartisan majority caucus. Stevens, a Republican, will be president of the body and Republican Cathy Giessel, sitting next to him, will be majority leader. Matt Claman, an Anchorage Democrat who is moving from the House to the Senate, will chair the Judiciary Committee, Stevens announced. In all, the caucus will hold nine Democrats and eight Republicans. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

In new bipartisan Alaska Senate majority of 17, members vow compromise and consensus

BY: - November 25, 2022

Seventeen of Alaska’s 20 state senators and senator-elects have banded together to form a bipartisan majority coalition that members promise will be moderate and consensus-focused. Gary Stevens, a Kodiak Republican and veteran lawmaker known as a moderate, will be president, returning to the role he held from 2009 to 2012. “It’s a pleasure for me […]

Gov. Mike Dunleavy, standing at the entrance of the Alaska Federation of Natives convention arts and crafts fair in October, shakes the hand of a convention attendee. With the final results counted on Wednesday, Dunleavy became the first Alaska governor to be reelected since Tony Knowles in 1998. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Republicans hold majority in Alaska House after two candidates benefit from ranked choice voting

BY: - November 23, 2022

Republicans hold 21 of the 40 seats in the Alaska House of Representatives after the first full run of Alaska’s new ranked choice voting system, but their ability to form a governing majority isn’t certain.  The 21-person total includes two candidates who had been trailing before votes were tabulated Wednesday evening. Incumbent Republican Rep. Tom […]

Rep. Mary Peltola waves campaign signs at passing motorists in East Anchorage on the morning of Election Day. The sealskin and otter-fur hat she is wearing was a gift from friends in Juneau. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Murkowski, Peltola and Dunleavy projected to win Alaska elections

BY: - November 18, 2022

All three incumbents likely clinched final victory in Alaska’s statewide elections Friday, as the Alaska Division of Elections updated results with thousands of additional absentee, questioned and early ballots from this fall’s general election. Final unofficial results will not be available until 4 p.m. Wednesday, when the division implements the state’s new ranked choice sorting […]

The House chambers are seen on Friday, May 13, 2022, at the Alaska State Capitol in Juneau, Alaska. (Photo by James Brooks/Alaska Beacon)

Judge dismisses eligibility lawsuit against Anchorage Democrat, but the suit may return

BY: - November 18, 2022

Anchorage Superior Court Judge Herman Walker on Friday dismissed a lawsuit challenging the eligibility of Democratic state House candidate Jennie Armstrong, citing the timing of the lawsuit. The dismissal may be temporary: Walker said the suit — which questioned whether Armstrong lived in Alaska long enough before she registered as a candidate — may be […]