This story originally published in the Peninsula Clarion.
Recount shows Carpenter wins in District 29; Gillham mounts write-in campaign in District O
After Wayne Ogle requested a recount of the House District 29 Republican party primary, candidate Ben Carpenter is confirmed as the winner of the narrow race, a press release from the office of the state’s lieutenant governor said. There was a difference of 11 votes after the State Ballot Counting Review Board and members of the State of Alaska Division of Elections recounted the votes. The original count showed a difference of 12 votes.
In a contentious race for the District O seat, Sen. Peter Micciche won over Ron Gillham by 72 votes. Since the official election results were announced earlier this week, Gillham did confirm on Friday that he will launch a formal write-in campaign in the general election.
“So many people have come to me to ask me to do a write-in campaign,” Gillham said. “So I decided to go ahead and do it.”