Recount affirms upset in Southeast House race


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A recount has affirmed a victory for a Sitka Democrat in a race for a southeast Alaska state House seat.

Elections Division Director Gail Fenumiai says by email that Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins defeated Republican incumbent Rep. Bill Thomas of Haines by 32 votes.

The final totals are 4,130 votes for Kreiss-Tomkins and 4,098 for Thomas.

Fenumiai had certified the election Nov. 23 with Kreiss-Tomkins ahead by 34 votes and Thomas, a four-term representative, requested a recount.

Thomas won his first term in November 2004.

He was co-chairman of the House Finance Committee last session.

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