ANCHORAGE — An Anchorage Democratic senator has retained his seat in the state Senate.
The Division of Elections says a recount of votes in Senate District J on Thursday shows incumbent Hollis French as the winner, defeating Republican Bob Bell.
Division Director Gail Fenumiai certified the election last week with French holding a 51-vote lead. Bell on Monday asked for the recount.
The recount widened the gap to 59 votes.
Fenumiai says by email that the final tally was 7,605 to 7,546.