ANCHORAGE - Veteran Alaska lawmaker Carl Moses came out one vote ahead in a recount of a tight Democratic primary in state House District 37.
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The recount Saturday showed the longtime Unalaska incumbent with 765 votes and challenger Bryce Edgmon of Dillingham with 764 votes.
The Aug. 22 race initially was too close to call until elections officials last week said Edgmon was ahead by Moses by a vote of 765 to 764. That changed with the recount.
Adam Berg, Moses' chief of staff, was on hand to observe. He said representatives from Edgmon's camp also attended.
A few dozen election workers gathered inside Centennial Hall in Juneau to recount the ballots. It took several hours, according to Berg.
At the end of the count, Moses had 765 votes and Edgmon had 764, according to the results posted on the state Division of Election Web site.
"It is so close it is unbelievable," Berg said. "I'm sure there are people all over our district on both sides that are saying, 'Boy, I wish I would have gone to vote.'"
If Moses' lead holds, he will face Republican Ron Bowers, a Dillingham flight medic, in the Nov. 7 general election.
"We were down by one and now we're up by one," Moses said. "That's too close. I'm used to a landslide."
Edgmon said Sunday he planned to challenge the results. He said he will "take issue with" six ballots that were set aside during the recount.
"It's not over yet," he said. "We will explore legal means."
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