Trump wins presidency, most Alaska incumbents hold on

President-elect Donald Trump delivers his acceptance speech during his election night event at the New York Hilton Midtown (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
President-elect Donald Trump delivers his acceptance speech during his election night event at the New York Hilton Midtown
(Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Donald J. Trump will be the 45th President of the United States. The Republican candidate defeated his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton in both Alaska and in the overall election.

With three-fourths of precincts reporting, incumbent Senator Lisa Murkowski and Representative Don Young have a large lead over their closest competitors. If the numbers hold, Murkowski will start her 3rd term as Senator, Young his 23rd as the state’s lone Congressman.

In the statewide races, most of the Republican incumbent members of the House and Senate were able to hold on to their seat. The only exceptions were Liz Vazquez falling behind Independent Jason Grenn and Cathy Munoz trailing Justin Parrish with all precincts reporting in those districts.

Two ballot measures were up for vote. Ballot Measure One, would automatically register Alaskans to vote when they apply for their Permanent Fund Dividends. That measure is passing easily. Ballot Measure Two, which would have allowed the state to issue bonds to support student loans, is being soundly rejected by Alaska voters.

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Wesley is a reporter for Alaska Public Media, covering primarily city government and Anchorage life. He previously worked at Alaska Public Media as a web editor, producer and education reporter before a two-year stint in Kotzebue, AK as News Director for KOTZ-AM.

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