Gov. Mike Dunleavy

Gov. Mike Dunleavy, standing at the entrance of the Alaska Federation of Natives convention arts and crafts fair in October, shakes the hand of a convention attendee. With the final results counted on Wednesday, Dunleavy became the first Alaska governor to be reelected since Tony Knowles in 1998.

Republicans hold 21 of the 40 seats in the Alaska House of Representatives after the first full run of Alaska’s new ranked choice voting system, but their ability to form a governing majority isn’t certain.

The 21-person total includes two candidates who had been trailing before votes were tabulated Wednesday evening. Incumbent Republican Rep. Tom McKay of Anchorage trailed Democrat Denny Wells entering the day but now leads Wells by four votes in the state’s closest race.

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