Kodiak Daily Mirror - Stutes wins District 32 nod
Stutes wins District 32 nod
by Julie Herrmann
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Voters fill the voting booths at the Kodiak Harbormaster's office on Tuesday. (Julie Herrmann photo)
Voters fill the voting booths at the Kodiak Harbormaster's office on Tuesday. (Julie Herrmann photo)
Brenda Schwantes turns in her ballot at the Bayside Fire Department on Tuesday. (Julie Herrmann photo)
Brenda Schwantes turns in her ballot at the Bayside Fire Department on Tuesday. (Julie Herrmann photo)
Louise Stutes won the House District 32 primary over Carol Austerman and Richard Walker to go up against Democrat Jerry McCune at the general election on November 4, according to the unofficial results.

Stutes had 796 votes and 44.64 percent, while Walker had 507 votes or 28.44 percent. Austerman had 480 votes or 26.92 percent.

McCune, the sole Democrat candidate on the primary ticket for House District 32, had 791 votes. At midnight, 13 of the 14 precincts were reporting.

The hotly contested Ballot Measure 1 was failing 70,529 votes to 65,485 votes at midnight. The vote no side had 51.85 percent while the vote yeses had 48.15 percent.

Incumbent Governor Sean Parnell had 75.75 percent of the vote to win the Republican primary and will likely go up against Byron Mallot who had 66.74 percent.

For Lieutenant Governor, Republican Dan Sullivan won with 70.88 percent Democrat Hollis French held a considerable lead with 64.49 percent to his opponents’ 12.59 percent and 22.92 percent.

Incumbent Mark Begich won his primary with 83.83 percent of the vote, but at midnight, the Republican primary was still up in the air. Dan Sullivan was leading with 32,940 votes or 40.19 percent to Joe Miller’s 26,075 votes or 31.82 percent. Mead Treadwell trailed with 20,562 or 25.09 percent.

Incumbent Don Young took 74.03 percent of the Republican vote to run against Democrat Forrest Dunbar who took 64.12 percent in his primary against two opponents.

It was a beautiful day for an election in Kodiak, and a few glitches didn’t keep people from voting.

Around 9 a.m., the voting machine at the Teen Center had a few glitches. It turned out to be a problem not with the machine, but with the outlet the machine was plugged into. The machine was moved to a different outlet and voting began again.

The Bayside Fire Department had a few issues as well. The electronic machine for people with hearing or vision impairment had issues starting early on, according to election worker Mike Marion. However, he said the machine is rarely used and as of 4:30 p.m. it had not been used at all, so it didn’t cause any issues.

A chat with eight voters at the Bayside Fire Department and Teen Center showed Republican support in Kodiak.

First-time voter Brody Dunn said he went to the polls specifically to vote for Walker.

“Seeing the ballot, I wish I knew more, I didn’t vote for most of them, but I specifically wanted to vote for Rich Walker,” Dunn said. “I’ve known him for a long time.”

Dunn is a former football player, and Walker touted his involvement with youth and football during his campaign.

At 11:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Walker said it was still anybody’s game. “Louise is showing up about 300 ahead of me and Carol’s 40 behind,” Walker said. “I think it’s still anybody’s vote.”

Austerman and Stutes did not respond to calls on Tuesday night.

Barbara Goldy, who voted at the Teen Center, said she voted “To keep the Democrats from getting in.” She said she’d been watching the candidates closely and liked the Republican candidates, although she didn’t say who she voted for.

In November, voters will decide between the Republican and Democrat candidates for State House and Senate, Governor and Lieutenant Governor, and U.S. House and Senate. In addition, voters will decide three ballot measures.

Contact Julie Herrmann at jherrmann@kodiakdailymirror.com.

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