INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Chugiak-Eagle River voters paint the town red

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 10:32

Voters on the north end of the municipality were some of the most reliably red in the state in Tuesday’s election.

In addition to electing four Republicans to the Legislature, Chugiak-Eagle River went for Don Young and Mike Dunleavy by landslide majorities, according to preliminary figures released by the Division of Elections.

Both candidates garnered more than 70 percent of the vote in some areas, with no Chugiak-Eagle River precincts coming close to supporting either Mark Begich for governor or Alyse Galvin for the U.S. House of Representatives.

[INTERACTIVE MAP: How Alaskans voted in the 2018 governor’s race]

[INTERACTIVE MAP: How Alaskans voted in the 2018 U.S. House race]

[INTERACTIVE MAP: How Alaskans voted on Ballot Measure 1]

Statewide, Young won with 54 percent of the vote and Dunleavy got 52.3, but in Chugiak-Eagle River both Young and Dunleavy pulled in about 65 percent of voters.

No area precinct went for a Democratic candidate in any statewide or local race.

“The public has been very clear in their support of Dunleavy as far as his major agenda items which are the PFD, repealing SB91 and a downward pressure on the budget,” said Rep. Shelley Hughes, a Republican who represents Chugiak and Palmer and was not up for re-election.

Chugiak-Eagle River also rejected Ballot Measure 1 — which would have increased protections for anadromous fish but also increased restrictions on development — by a wider margin than the rest of the state.

Now that the voters have given them a wish list, Hughes said it’ll be up to Republicans in the Legislature and Governor’s Mansion to cut the budget, pay a full Permanent Fund Dividend and avoid imposing new taxes.

She thinks they’re up to the task.

“One of the things we’re looking at is an independent, objective audit so that we better know how we can carefully put down the pressure,” said Hughes, who added that Republicans won’t be cutting essential state services. “We don’t want to do it in an irresponsible fashion.”

Turnout statewide was low as of Thursday’s numbers, with just 42 percent of registered voters counting ballots. However, those numbers are preliminary and won’t be finalized until all absentee and questioned ballots are counted.

Here’s how each area district voted as of the latest numbers released Wednesday by the state:

STATEWIDE

Turnout: 293,604/571,851 (41.9 percent)

U.S. Representative

Don Young (R) - 126,655 (53.4)

Alyse Galvin (D) - 107,165 (45.2)

Governor

Mike Dunleavy/Kevin Meyer (R) - 123,447 (52.1)

Mark Begich/Debra Call (D) - 102,654 (43.3)

Ballot Measure 1

No - 145,997 (61.6)

Yes - 83,479 (35.2)

AREAWIDE (District 12, 13 and 14 combined)

Turnout: 18,800/44,641 (42.1 percent)

U.S. Representative

Don Young (R) - 12,206 (64.9)

Alyse Galvin (D) - 6,365 (33.9)

Governor

Mike Dunleavy/Kevin Meyer (R) - 12,358 (65.7)

Mark Begich/Debra Call (D) - 5,767 (30.7)

Ballot Measure 1

No - 13,358 (71.0)

Yes - 5,126 (27.2)

DISTRICT 12 (Eklutna, Peters Creek, Butte)

Turnout: 7,310/15,488 (47.2 percent)

U.S. Representative

Don Young (R) - 5,163 (70.6)

Alyse Galvin (D) - 2,056 (28.1)

Governor

Mike Dunleavy/Kevin Meyer (R) - 5,233 (71.6)

Mark Begich/Debra Call (D) - 1,863 (25.5)

Ballot Measure 1

No - 5,456 (74.6)

Yes - 1,643 (22.5)

State House

Cathy Tilton (R) - 5,457 (74.7)

Stephany Jeffers (D) - 1,690 (23.1)

DISTRICT 13 (Ft. Rich, Fire Lake, Chugiak, Eagle River)

Turnout: 4,137/12,804 (32.3 percent)

U.S. Representative

Don Young (R) - 2,625 (63.5)

Alyse Galvin (D) - 1,462 (35.3)

Governor

Mike Dunleavy/Kevin Meyer (R) - 2,674 (64.6)

Mark Begich/Debra Call (D) - 1,288 (31.1)

Ballot Measure 1

No - 2,818 (68.1)

Yes - 1,179 (28.5)

State House

Nancy Dahlstrom (R) - 2,892 (69.9)

Danyelle Kimp (D) - 1,134 (27.4)

State Senate

Lora Reinbold (R) - 2,658 (64.2)

Oliver Schiess (D) - 1,396 (33.7)

DISTRICT 14 (Eagle River, Eagle River Valley, Hiland/South Fork)

Turnout: 7,353/16,349 (45 percent)

U.S. Representative

Don Young (R) - 4,418 (60.1)

Alyse Galvin (D) - 2,847 (38.7)

Governor

Mike Dunleavy/Kevin Meyer (R) - 4,451 (60.5)

Mark Begich/Debra Call (D) - 2,616 (35.6)

Ballot Measure 1

No - 4,884 (66.4)

Yes - 2,304 (31.3)

State House

Kelly Merrick (R) - 4,781 (65.0)

Joe Hackenmueller (D) - 2,383 (32.4)

State Senate

Lora Reinbold (R) - 4,426 (60.2)

Oliver Schiess (D) - 2,818 (38.3)

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