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  • Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, above, is running versus the Libertarian candidate Joe Miller, Democrat Ray Metcalfe and Margaret Stock. (Photo by Mark Thiessen / Associated Press)
  • Scene outside the 49th State Brewing Co., where Sen. Lisa Murkowski is expected to celebrate victory. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)
  • Attendees at the elections result party at Williwaw, including Sarah Misxon of Anchorage, above, reacts to Trump winning Utah. (Photo by DJ Summers / AJOC)
  • Lisa Murkowski supporters nervously watch Donald Trump's lead grow in the presidential race at 49th State brewing Co. in Anchorage. (Photo AJOC)
  • Alaska Young Democrats president Laura Herman and Vice President James Primm tell the crowd to keep their sites on what can be done in local elections if not the presidential. (Photo by DJ Summers / AJOC)
  • The Republican's party at the ANC Hilton is just getting underway with Trump in the lead. (Photo by Elwood Brehmer / AJOC)
  • With Trump in the lead, some Clinton supporters are not happy. (Photo by DJ Summers / AJOC)
  • Donald Trump supporter Rolf Aarseth watches election returns in Anchorage. (AP Photo/Michael DInneen)
  • U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, center, watches returns with supporters Leila Kimbrell, left,and Jason Harmon, (AP Photo/Michael DInneen)
  • Clinton supporters comfort each other during Trump's victory speech. (Photo by DJ Summers / AJOC)

While the nation elects a president, Alaska will decide whether it votes for familiar faces or throw out the incumbents in the Legislature.

Although there is a total of 50 races, the competititve races are far fewer.

Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski is running against the Libertarian candidate Joe Miller, Democrat Ray Metcalfe and independent Margaret Stock.

Going for his 22nd term as the state’s lone representative in the U.S. House, Don Young, Republican, faces off against the Democrat candidate, Steve Lindbeck, a former Anchorage newspaper journalist and more recently, a general manager of Alaska Public Media, and Libertarian candidate Jim McDermott of Fairbanks.

Fairbanks senator and Republican Majority Leader John Coghill of North Pole is challenged by former Democrat mayor Luke Hopkins.

Anchorage Sen. Cathy Giessel is challenged by Vince Beltrami, president of the Alaska AFL-CIO.

Justin Parish and Cathy Muñoz, once considered a safe incumbent, are battling it out for House District 34

More than a dozen races are not being contested because there are no party opponents. (For example, Dean Westlake of District 40, who won a hotly contest primary, will automatically represent House District 40 instead of North Slope Rep. Benjamin Nageak.) 

The Alaska Journal is on the scene:

12:30 a.m. FInal update: With 100 percent of the votes in, Democrats failed to knock off most all of their big targets. Former House Majority Leader Lance Pruitt won by just more than 100 votes against Harry Crawford; current House Majority Leader Charisse Millett held off Pat Higgins by 45 votes; Sen. Cathy Giessel defeated AFL-CIO President Vince Beltrami by nearly 600 votes; and Sen. John Coghill of Fairbanks had no problem with former Democrat Mayor Luke Hopkins with a winning margin of 10 percent, or about 1,300 votes.

11:40 p.m. With 100% precincts reporting, Cathy Muñoz loses House District 34 to Justin Parish.

11:33 p.m. With just 39 votes separating Beltrami from Giessel in state Senate district race N, perhaps those write-in votes may have made a difference. (With 64.7% reporting, 58 write in votes have been tallied.)

11:19 p.m. Watching Trump's speech, Williwaw in Anchorage is as silent as it's ever been. Nobody moves except to hug the person next to them or lift a drink. Or to shake or hang their heads.

A pair of indigenous Alaskans expressed fear for the future but resilience.

"I feel motivated. I feel like it's a fight," said Aiko Brandon. "There's more of an urgency for it. I'm scared of how it might empower racist people. As an Alaska Native I've experienced a lot of racism."

"Seeing what's happened in this election has made me scared for the next four years," said Maka Monture, "but It's our duty to not give up and abandon ship."

10:57 p.m. Beltrami has overtaken Giessel in state Senate district race N with lead of about 70 votes....but still a long way to go.

10:48 p.m. Regarding Donald Trump winning, Sen. Lisa Murkowski said, "This is an opportunity on the energy front to move ahead. We don't know what he'll do about energy but what he said is very encouraging." And, "Count me among the millions of Americans who were suprised by what's happening. My sense is they (Democrats) are pretty stunned."

10:45 p.m. Hillary Clinton has called Donald Trump to concede election. Trump to speak soon, but even Alaska is falling asleep.

10:40 p.m. Party seems to be losing steam at Williwaw in Anchorage. Democrats are putting on coats and going home while the national results linger. Meanwhile, Alaska Young Democrats president Laura Herman ran down the results for local elections. Only a handful wanted to keep the national coverage going. (And no one cared what John Podesta had to say. He spoke at the Javits Center in New York, advising Clinton supporters to go home and get some sleep.)

10:28 p.m. Vince Beltrami pulls ahead of incumbent Anchorage Sen. Cathy Giessel.

10:13 p.m. Incumbent North Pole Republican Sen. John Coghill has a comfortable lead over challenger and former Fairbanks Borough Mayor Luke Hopkins with more than half the precincts tallied.

9:47 p.m. Song mix at Sen. Lisa Murkowski event ranges from Miley Cyrus' Party in the USA, to Neil Diamond's Coming to America, to Staying Alive by the Bee Gees. Festive.

9:34 p.m. State Senate incumbent ANC Republican Cathy Giessel has a strong lead over independent challenger Vince Beltrami with about 20% of precincts reporting

9:30 pm. A cheer went up at 49th State Brewing Co. as the first numbers in the Alaska US Senate race show Lisa Murkowski with a large early lead. As she headed in to her party she offered a quick take on the national races. "I just got confirmation we're still in the majority, which is a good thing." (She was referring to Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania who won relection, clinching the majority hold.)

8:55 p.m. What could Trump's win mean for Alaska? At Republican watch party on prospect of Trump pulling it off, Eagle River Rep. Dan Saddler said he's "tremendously excited to have a federal machinery that is even fair in evaluating our resource development projects, a huge win for Alaska."

"Just having a fair shot, that's all we can ask for."

House Speaker Mike Chenault said it "might not mean opening ANWR but it's a much better outlook. Let us as a state develop our resources and we'll be less of a burden on the rest of the country." (Alaska has highest per capita fed spending.)

8:48 p.m. The young progressive crowd sips wine and shakes their heads. "I don't know how you can support a person supported by the KKK," said Victoria Manning, a University of Alaska anchorage student.

Manning chalks up Trumps strong numbers to white males afraid of losing control.

"If this was a man saying the same things and doing the same things it wouldn't even be close," she said. "I think they're voting out of fear. Fear of losing control. White men have been in power in this country ever since it started. They already lost it for eight years to a black man. They don't want to lose it again to a woman."

8:30 p.m. The Republican party at the ANC Hilton is just getting underway with Trump in the lead.

8:25 p.m. Democrats at Williwaw in Anchorage seem pessimistic and gearing up for a loss as Trump is within striking distance of the presidency. "Tonight sucks so far," said Laura Herman, president of the Alaska Young Democrats. "But there are lots and lots of local elections that are actually more important to our everyday lives."

A singer playing songs in a vein similar to Woodie Guthrie echoed the sentiment.

"If this plays out like we're afraid it plays out, it just means job security for the next four years. You'll all have a lot of work to do."

7:45 p.m.: "Nationally, things are going great, but we are monitoring our race," said Robert Dillon, campaign manager for Sen. Lisa Murkowski. "We've been focused on Alaska and that hasn't changed." 

7;34 p.m. Restrained happiness for Trump happening at the 49th State Brewing Co. However, the camp is more than delighted about Ron Johnson, the Republic incumbent from Wisconsin. Robert Dillon campaign manager for Sen. Lisa Murkowski, said Johnson did a "miraculous job" because many polls had him for a loss. Without this seat, the Republicans could have lost the Senate. Now, should Murkowski win, she will remain Chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, a crucial position for Alaska. 

7:30 p.m. The numbers are closer than Democrats would like. "How's everybody doing?" said Wigi Tozzi, a spokesperson with the Anchorage Democrats, the party's sponsor. "Not so good, I know."

Tozzi implored the crowd to get in all the votes they can still muster, asking to text friends and family to fill still open voting booths. "If you haven't voted, take a moment, go down the street and vote...There's still lots of ways we can win this."

7:25 p.m. Senate races are shaping up well for GOP Majority as Sen. Murkowski looks to join victory party at 49th State Brewing Co. in Anchorage.  

7:12 p.m. All eyes at Anchorage's Williwaw are glued to MSNBC's analysis. With the West Coast reporting, Clinton pulls ahead. If Trump wins Wisconsin and Michigan, he wins the presidency, they say.

There are audible hisses of people taking in nervous breaths.

7:08 p.m. The official Republican election party at the Anchorage Hilton is quiet, but the same cannot be said for the Trump party as Fox projects him leading with 216 electoral votes to Clinton's 202 after she claims California.

6:56 p.m. The Trump party at Flattop pizza erupted when Fox News projected North Carolina and Ohio as wins for their Republican candidate. "I was in the U.S. Military," said Taylor Feece, who cheered the loudest. "That should say enough. I'm not voting for Hilary."

6:30 p.m. This election has ended friendships - both on and off Facebook.  Frenetic conversation carried a desperate edge at Anchorage's Williwaw where the Alaska Democrats are holding their viewing party for the national, and later the local, elections.

Democrats in pantsuits and flannel plaid and business attire rehashed arguments they've had for months.

“We're not voting for her just because she's a woman; we voted for Obama over her before.”

“We don't want to take anybody's guns. We don't want a redo on Roe v. Wade. We fear for the Supreme Court. We fear for the LGBTQ community and for women and for people of color.

"She knows how to work. She knows how to get things done. She's the right person for a job, this job."

"She can't even forward a Yahoo article on relationship advice without her aides, let alone mastermind a complex server takeover."

"Benghazi wasn't her fault. If she'd been evil for so long, why is she still in politics?"

A single thread emerged while they watched the numbers roll in, the familiar tune of the lesser of two evils the 2016 election has amplified to a justification of its own.

"I just don't want this election to be about electing Hilary just because we don't want Trump," said Dr. Christine Hallas, an Anchorage pediatric nurse practitioner.

Clinton takes Virginia and the crowd lets out a roar.

Updated: 
11/09/2016 - 12:54am

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