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Klein is likely HD36 Republican nominee, Wrangell’s votes align with state’s

Alaskans took to the polls Tuesday for the state primary elections.

Unofficial results show Chere Klein won the Republican nomination for State House District 36. She has 44 percent of the district’s vote. In Wrangell, she had 63 percent of the vote. Klein will face Independent Dan Ortiz in the November general election.

Many districts saw a higher numbers of voters compared to past primary elections.

In Wrangell, the oil tax referendum brought some of the approximately 430 voters to the Nolan Center.

Carl Thrift was one of them.

“The reason I came in to vote today is the oil tax is very important to me. I won’t say which way I voted, one way or the other, but it was important to me to vote on it,” Thrift said.

The Ballot Measure 1 votes were closely watched Tuesday night, and results were too close to call as of Wednesday morning.

Incomplete results show 52 percent of Alaskans voted NO on the ballot measure. That means they voted to keep Senate Bill 21. In Wrangell, 57 percent of voters chose to keep SB21 in place.

Wrangell’s votes aligned with the state’s in all of the statewide races.

Unofficial results show Dan Sullivan won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senator. He will take on incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Begich in November.

Forrest Dunbar won the Democratic nomination for U.S. Representative. Dunbar will face veteran Republican Rep. Don Young in the general election.

Republican Gov. Sean Parnell will take on Democrat Byron Mallot in the governor’s race. Dan Sullivan won the Republican nomination for Lt. Governor, and Hollis French won the Democratic nomination.

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