Sen. John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin were winning Alaska with more than 60 percent of the vote, portending a victory in Alaska after the Republicans had already conceded the national election to Sens. Barack Obama and Joe Biden.
Better news for Republicans was that Sen. Ted Stevens and Rep. Don Young were both leading in their re-election bids.
Early results had Rep. Andrea Doll, D-Juneau, leading Republican challenger Cathy Muñoz 55 percent to 44 percent.
Doll said she expected a tough race from Muñoz.
"She did a lot of work, and she put in a good race," Doll said.
Frequently, Doll said she'd get to a door to leave campaign literature and find Muñoz’s door hangars already there.
"It would have been nice if I'd had an opponent who would just roll over and play dead, but that wasn't Cathy," Doll said.
Doll is ahead with 44 percent of precincts counted statewide, but in Juneau it appears that only a few, and maybe as few as one, precincts have been counted.
Rep. Beth Kerttula, D-Juneau, and the state House minority leader, said she was encouraged to see some other Democratic legislative candidates elsewhere in the state doing well.
The results so far have been far different from what recent polling as shown, startling observers.