Election figures show absentee ballots spurred turnout in Southern Peninsula
Voter turnout for the Alaska Primary Election in House District 31, the Southern Kenai Peninsula, was 27.8 percent. The version of this story that aired misstated the voter turnout, which was much higher because of 2,012 absentee ballots cast.
Fox River had a voter turnout of 12 percent, with Homer Precinct Number 1 close behind at just 13.5 percent. Homer Precinct 2 was just higher at 15.64 percent. Diamond Ridge saw over 17 percent turnout, with 19 percent turning out at the Kachemak-Fritz Creek precinct. Anchor Point had the highest turnout in the district at 19.73 percent.
District 31 cast 2,476 votes for incumbent U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan and 1,808 for Democratic challenger Al Gross. Democrat Edgar Blachford received 101 votes.
For U.S. House, incumbent Rep. Don Young received 1,860 votes, while Democratic challenger Alyse Galvin got 1,880.
For State Senate District P, voters in the south peninsula preferred Anchor Point’s John Cox by a total of 1,501 to 1,213 over incumbent Sen. Gary Stevens, however, voters in House District 32, Kodiak and Prince William Sound, put Stevens up by 231 votes overall. Voters in the south peninsula cast 1,383 votes for Alaska Independence Party candidate Greg Madden of South Soldotna, who will face Stevens in the general election.
Running unopposed, incumbent Dist. 31 Rep. Sarah Vance received 85 percent of the votes in her race, with a total 2,415. The other 417 were write-ins. She will face unaffiliated candidate Kelly Cooper in the General Election in November.
*(Editor's note: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated the percentage turnout in Dist. 31.)