WASILLA — Mike Dunleavy was not quite ready to call the race finished, but just after 10 p.m. the former state senator and Wasilla resident was feeling good about where he stood in the race to be governor of Alaska.
With more than half the precincts reporting, Dunleavy held more than half the vote, as of 10:30 p.m. Tuesday.
“We feel like we ran a great campaign, and we’re on the way to winning,” Dunleavy said by phone from an election night gathering at the Anchorage Alehouse.
The second set of results issued by the Alaska Division of Elections have Dunleavy, the Republican nominee for Alaska’s highest office, with more than 87,000 votes, which accounts for 52.3 percent of the vote. Democratic nominee Mark Begich, a former Anchorage Mayor and U.S. Senator, held 43.7 percent of the vote.
Dunleavy said his reaction to early returns align with what his supporters are looking for.
“The voters want us to develop our resources, manage government better before we go to them asking for other revenues,” Dunleavy said. “We have to use the resources, and we have to develop our wealth and jobs.”
Dunleavy said, if elected, he’s proud to represent his community in the Valley, and the state.
“They’re going to have a governor that understands the Valley. The state’s going to have a governor that understands the state,” Dunleavy said. “This is a fantastic state. I’m proud to proud to live in the Valley, but I’ll be proud to be the governor for all of Alaska.”
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