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ELECTION 98 MAIN | | REMOTE NAVIGATOR

ALASKA

Race Summary

Governor    (438 of 453 precincts reporting)
Knowles (D) * 65%     Lindauer (R) 22%    
Senate    (438 of 453 precincts reporting)
Sonneman (D) 20%     Murkowski (R) * 76%    
House at Large    (438 of 453 precincts reporting)
Duncan (D) 35%     Young (R) 63%    
Updated November 04, 1998 03:39 P.M. EST


TOP RACES

GOVERNOR: Gov. Tony Knowles (D), first elected in 1994, is seeking a second term. Former state Rep. John Lindauer (R) and write-in candidate, Robin Taylor (R) will oppose Knowles.
Stuart Rothenberg's Race at a Glance

SENATE: Sen. Frank Murkowski (R), first elected in 1980, is seeking a fourth term. His challenger is lawyer Joe Sonneman (D).
Stuart Rothenberg's Race at a Glance


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1998 POLLS


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POLL HOURS

11 a.m. ET (7 a.m. local) to 12 a.m. midnight ET (8 p.m. local)


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SENATOR AND GOVERNOR NOT UP IN 1998

Sen. Ted Stevens (R), first elected in 1970 (he was appointed to the Senate in 1968 by the governor); next election in 2002.


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VACANCIES

1998 vacancies list


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HOUSE DISTRICTS

  • CD (at large):
    James "Jim" W. Duncan (D); Don Young (inc.) (R)


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    PRIMARY DATE

    August 25

    Primary results


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    FILING DEADLINE

    June 1


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    STATEWIDE BALLOT MEASURES

    Total Number: 7

    To Watch:
    Constitutional Amendment 2: Same-sex Marriage
    Defines marriage as between one man and one woman. It would also say no provision of the Alaska Constitution could be interpreted to require the state to recognize or permit same-sex marriages.

    Ballot Measure 5: Billboards/Free Speech
    Would bar billboard advertising.

    Ballot Measure 6: English Only
    Would adopt English as Alaska's official language.

    Ballot Measure 7: Term Limits
    Would allow candidates for the Alaska state legislature or U.S. Congress to pledge to limit themselves to only three terms in the U.S. House or two in the Senate or to eight out of 16 years in the state legislature.

    Ballot Measure 8: Medical Marijuana
    Would allow the use of marijuana for certain medical purposes.


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    PARTY CONTROL

    Governor: Democrat
    U.S. Senate: 2 Republicans
    U.S. House of Representatives: 1 Republican
    State Senate: 5 Democrats, 15 Republicans
    State House of Representatives: 15 Democrats, 25 Republicans
    (One officeholder is still officially a Democrat, but has said he will run as a Republican this year and has been tallied as a Republican.)


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    STATE LEGISLATIVE ELECTIONS

    Senate: 10 seats up
    House: All 40 seats up


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    PARTY REGISTRATION

    State Projected Voting Age Population: 425,000 (1996)
    Registered Voters: (3/2/98) 441,194

    Democrats:73,95916.70%
    Republicans:108,67124.63%
    Alaskan Independence:17,4103.94%
    Green Party:3,2340.73%
    Unaffiliated:84,10719.06%
    Decline to state:146,81233.28%
    Other:7,0011.58%

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    ELECTORAL VOTES

    3


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    PRESIDENTIAL VOTING HISTORY

    Dole won in 1996; Bush in 1992; Bush in 1988; Reagan in 1984; Reagan in 1980; Ford in 1976; Nixon in 1972; Nixon in 1968; Johnson in 1964; Nixon in 1960.

    LAST TIME VOTED DEMOCRATIC FOR PRESIDENT: 1964

    PRESIDENTIAL VOTE IN 1996:

    Dole: 51%
    Clinton: 33%
    Perot: 11%
    Other: 5%

    PRESIDENTIAL VOTE IN 1992:

    Bush: 39.5%
    Clinton: 30.3%
    Perot: 28.4%

    PRESIDENTIAL VOTE IN 1988:

    Bush: 60%
    Dukakis: 36%

    PRESIDENTIAL VOTE IN 1984:

    Reagan: 67%
    Mondale: 30%

    PRESIDENTIAL VOTE IN 1980:

    Carter 26%
    Reagan 54%
    Anderson 7%


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    PAST EXIT POLLS

    1992:

    1996:


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    TURNOUT

    Historical voter turnout as a percentage of the voting age population 1996-1960


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    DEMOGRAPHICS

    Population: 607,000 (1996)
    (% of voting age population)

    White: 78.6%
    African American: 4.1%
    Asian: 4.2%
    Native American: 13.2%
    Other/Undeclared:

    Persons of Hispanic origin account for 2.9% of the voting population (from 1990 Census)


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    STATE TIDBITS

    State Capital: Juneau
    State Nickname: The Last Frontier or Land of the Midnight Sun

    With a land mass equal to one-fifth of the continental United States, Alaskans have taken to taming their rugged frontier image and started to become more regulated. Regional differences abound; Anchorage, home to 40 percent of the state's population, is affluent and booming with 70 percent of women in the work force -- the highest in the country. Once dependent on oil, fishing and lumber, Alaska has seen a great surge in tourism, counting 1.2 million visitors in 1996, according to the "Almanac of American Politics." While considered a solidly Republican state -- no Democrat has been elected to Congress from Alaska since 1972 -- Alaskans have not elected a Republican governor since 1978. Party lines tend to blur at election time, and many voters consider themselves independents (AAP98). Federal investment is vital here, but with the government controlling 60 percent of the state's land, it has bred resentment as well. Washington is a long way from the "Last Frontier," and state politicians would like to keep it that way.


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    RELATED SITES

    NOTE: External sites will open in a new browser window.

    Government:

    Alaska Gov. Tony Knowles' Home Page
    http://www.gov.state.ak.us/
    Alaska Lt. Governor Home Page
    http://www.gov.state.ak.us/ltgov/
    Alaska Division of Elections
    http://www.gov.state.ak.us/ltgov/elections/homepage.html
    Alaska State Senate
    http://www.legis.state.ak.us/home/SENATE/home.htm
    Alaska State House of Representatives
    http://www.legis.state.ak.us/home/HOUSE/home.htm

    News Media:

    State Newspapers

    Anchorage Daily News
    http://www.adn.com
    Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
    http://www.newsminer.com
    Juneau Empire
    http://juneauempire.com

    General Interest:

    The White House
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/WH/Welcome.html
    The House of Representatives
    http://www.house.gov/
    The Senate
    http://www.senate.gov/
    Library of Congress -- The Legislative Branch
    http://lcweb.loc.gov/global/legislative/congress.html
    Congressional Quarterly's American Voter
    http://voter.cq.com/
    Congressional Quarterly's VoteWatch
    http://pathfinder.com/CQ/
    THOMAS: Legislative Information on the Internet
    http://thomas.loc.gov/home/thomas2.html
    Federal Election Commission
    http://www.fec.gov/
    Democratic National Committee
    http://www.democrats.org/
    Republican National Committee
    http://www.rnc.org/
    Project Vote Smart
    http://www.vote-smart.org
    Policy.com
    http://www.policy.com/


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    Updated: October 25, 1998



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