Fairbanks-Area House Race Sees Upset

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

In Fairbanks area State House races, Republican incumbent Mike Kelly has been upset by Democrat Bob Miller. Miller benefitted from a surge of anti-Kelly mailings and ads in recent weeks.  The popular local actor and former TV newsman, says the ads didn’t hurt, but he and his campaign were not responsible for them.

Miller is a political neophyte, who says he expected a tight race, as did Kelly.  Kelly says the attack ads contained lies, but that he lives and dies by his hard line stances on issues.

Kelly narrowly fought back a challenge in the last election, and his defeat this time, bucked a trend in local legislative races that saw other incumbents hold onto their seats.

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