Berkowitz, Benson Win Democratic Party Nominations

Len Anderson, KSKA – Anchorage

Parnell will face Democrat Ethan Berkowitz in November. Diane Benson won the Democrat’s Lieutenant Governor’s race.

Ballot Measure One, dubbed the anti-corruption proposition by proponents and the gag-law by opponents, suffered a more than 32,000 vote drubbing. Alaska Education Association Barb Anguyuk was one of the leaders against Measure One.

Meanwhile, Ballot Measure Two, which will require doctors to notify parents or guardians if a minor under the age of 18 seeks an abortion captured around 55 percent approval.   Bernadette Wilson was the Vote Yes on Two campaign manager.

This primary’s closest primary race was for the Republican nomination for House District 12 in the Valdez area.   The unofficial results have Eric Feige leading with 666 votes, followed by Don Haase with 660 and Pete Fellman with 658.  The eventual winner will face Democrat Bert Cottle.

The Division of Elections reports voter turnout at 27.5 percent yesterday. That’s in line with the 2004 primary, where turnout was 28 percent. Turnout in the 2006 and 2008 primaries stood at 35 percent and 40 percent, respectively.

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