PALMER — Rep. George Rauscher scored a big win in the Primary, the but the House District 9 representative still needed to overcome the challenge of a Democratic nominee and write-in candidate to punch his ticket on a return to Juneau.
Now, Rauscher appears to be headed back to the Capital City. As of 10 p.m. Tuesday, with 63 percent of the precincts in his district reporting, Rauscher held 68 percent of the vote.
“I thought it was a long, hard campaign. I’m glad it’s over,” Rauscher said Tuesday night. “I’m glad it’s over. I’m glad for the turnout of the rest of the numbers, which are looking pretty good too, from what I saw. I’m really excited. I’m really relieved.”
Rauscher is one seven Valley incumbents who jumped out to strong starts on election night.
Sen. Mike Shower held an overwhelming lead in the Senate District E race, with 75 percent of the vote. Democratic challenger Susan Kay held 24 percent of the vote, with 14 of the 22 precincts reporting.
Rauscher is one of six Valley representatives who hold big leads. Rep. Colleen Sullivan-Leonard was the lone Mat-Su incumbent to run unopposed, and held 95 percent of the vote as of 10 p.m. Tuesday.
Rep. Mark Neuman (House District 8), Rep. DeLena Johnson (House District 11) and Rep. Cathy Tilton (House District 12) each have at least 70 percent of the vote in their respective races as of 10 p.m.
Rep. David Eastman (House District 10) saw his lead grow two points to 60 percent between the first and second election results reports.
Former State Senator Mike Dunleavy, of Wasilla, holds the early lead in the race for Alaska governor, with 51.89 percent of the vote, as of 10 p.m. Tuesday. Dunleavy’s opponent, Democratic candidate Mark Begich, held nearly 44 percent of the vote.
The polls in the Valley and across Alaska closed at 8 p.m. Continue to see frontiersman.com for more.